From Polygamists Unite! (by-line states "They used to live quietly, but now they're making noise")
March 20, 2006 issue - Marlyne Hammon knows what it's like to feel hated and hunted. In 1953, when she was an infant, her father—along with dozens of other men in her tiny community of Short Creek, Ariz.—was arrested and sent to jail on charges of polygamy. She, her mother and siblings were forcibly exiled from the community and sent to live with a family in a nearby city. Her father was released after a week, but because the family feared further prosecution, they lived apart and corresponded in secret for the next six years. "Our community had this idea that we should live our lives quietly to avoid trouble," she says. "We were taught not to make a big ruckus."
Not anymore. Hammon, who's involved in a polygamous relationship, is a founding member of the Centennial Park Action Committee, a group that lobbies for decriminalization of the practice. She's among a new wave of polygamy activists emerging in the wake of the gay-marriage movement—just as a federal lawsuit challenging anti-polygamy laws makes its way through the courts and a new show about polygamy debuts on HBO. "Polygamy rights is the next civil-rights battle," says Mark Henkel, who, as founder of the Christian evangelical polygamy organization TruthBearer.org, is at the forefront of the movement. His argument: if Heather can have two mommies, she should also be able to have two mommies and a daddy.
There is a part of me that is really looking forward to seeing how the gay identified activists (who do not represent most who would identify as gay) respond to the arguments of the polygamists. There is another part of me that is prayerfully mindful of the complex nature of human emotional investment (for good or not.) While it is tempting to say, "Told you so..." it would serve no edifying purpose to make such a statement.
Even so, as the state courts continue to give very mixed signals on the state of marriage, this is further evidence of why we need to support the Federal Marriage Ammendment.