Polygamist activists have welcomed the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, a decision they hope will usher in the legal recognition and acceptance of polygamy.
Many activists argue that the nuclear family is no longer applicable to modern American society and that monogamy is far from inclusive.
Anita Wagner Illig, a leading polygamy activist, said she was grateful to her brothers and sisters winning same-sex marriage and thinks polygamy will follow down the marriage equality trail.
“I would absolutely want to seek multi-partner marriage,” Illig said. “It would eliminate a common challenge polyamorists face when two [people] are legally married and others in their group relationships aren't part of that marriage.”
Polygamy earned mainstream recognition thanks in part to the TLC reality show, “Sister Wives," which chronicled the lives of the Browns — one husband married to four wives.
Aside from their seemingly unusual marriage practice, the Browns believe in divorce, live in a city and all have jobs.
Critic of same-sex marriage and conservative talk show host Bryan Fischer said the overruling of the Defense of Marriage Act would do exactly what conservatives had feared: legalize pedophilia, incest, bestiality and so on. Fischer included polygamy in his list of objectionable items.
Ken Klukowski of the Family Research Council also predicted to the demise of DOMA would lead to polygamy, noting that Utah activists had already challenged a ban on multi-partner marriage.