By Cheryl Chumley
A married Montana man has taken his wife and his girlfriend to the Yellowstone County Courthouse and told the clerk: Marry us – if the Supreme Court OK’d “gay” unions, then we should be allowed to join together in holy polygamy.
“It’s about marriage equality,” said Nathan Collier, who filed for a marriage application to two women, Victoria and Christine, CBS News reported. “You can’t have this without polygamy.”
Victoria is currently his legal wife. Christine is his girlfriend.
County officials at first denied the application, but then backtracked and said they’d have to consult with attorneys.
Critics of government-sanctioned “gay” marriage have been warning for years that would-be polygamists would use same-sex unions as a means of pressing an equal opportunity argument. And Collier specifically cited the Supreme Court’s ruling as justification for his application, pointing to Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissenting opinion that spoke of the legal argument the case was handing polygamists.
Collier, 46, is a former Mormon who was excommunicated for polygamy.
He told KTVQ in a previous interview he and his two female partners had been hiding their relationship for years, but then decided to go public with an appearance on the reality cable show, “Sister Wives.” They now want government-stamped legitamacy for their union.
“We just want to add legal legitimacy to an already happy, strong, loving family,” he said to KTVQ.
The three have seven children.
“My second wife, Christine, who I’m not legally married to, she’s put up with my crap for a lot of years,” Collier said. “She deserves legitimacy.”
And Christine said, CBS reported: “It’s two distinct marriages, it’s two distinct unions and for us to come together and create family, what’s wrong with that? I don’t understand why it’s looked upon and frowned upon as being obscene.”
Collier has already looked into legal representation, if need be, and sent an email to the ACLU of Montana about his campaign.
His efforts could prove precedent-setting.
Anne Wilde, a co-founder of the polygamy advocacy group Principle Voices said Collier’s application is the first she’s heard about, CBS said.