US Supreme Court Rejects ‘Sister Wives’ Appeal Effort to Overturn Ban on Polygamous Cohabitation

(Reuters) The U.S. Supreme Court has turned away a challenge to Utah’s anti-bigamy law brought by the polygamist stars of the popular reality television show “Sister Wives.”

The justices declined Monday (Jan. 23) to take up an appeal by Kody Brown and his four wives, only one of whom he is legally married to, of a lower court’s ruling that threw out their challenge that claimed Utah’s law banning multiple spouses violated their religious liberty rights under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

They also claimed the law violated their legally protected right to privacy.

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  • meamsane

    SCOTUS hypocrisy!!

  • Lexical Cannibal

    Me personally, I’m kind of blasé and undecided on the idea of polygamous marriage, but I’m curious; what is the “Religious Freedom” crowd’s justification for denying people’s religious reasons to marry multiple people? What is your constitutional reasoning for the restriction of polygamy as a religious practice?

    • Amos Moses

      all “constitutional reasoning” went out the window with Obergefell ….. unless and until sanity returns …..

      • Lexical Cannibal

        Your opinion on an unrelated case is largely unable to address my question. Inflammatory non sequitors are not answers.

        • Amos Moses

          the only reason they thought they had a shot was Obergefell ……. so your objection is noted …. and dismissed with prejudice ……..

          • Lexical Cannibal

            That’s exactly the question, though; why *didn’t* they have a shot in the eyes of the people who tell me that they advocate for religious freedom? If it sounds like a stupid question, then humor me; why do I see the same people who cry “religious liberty!” turn around and celebrate the rejection of these people’s religious beliefs? What makes, say, Kim Davis laudible while these people are detestable? I fail to see the justification for a legal distinction.

          • Amos Moses

            “why do I see the same people who cry “religious liberty!” turn around and celebrate the rejection of these people’s religious beliefs? ”

            sin is not a “religious liberty” ……………..

          • Lexical Cannibal

            Legally though, lots of Christian sins are covered under religious liberty. Worshiping other gods, for instance.

  • james blue

    So much for the first amendment

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    From the beginning, God has established the human marriage of one man and one woman. Genesis chapter 2. All others are sins and abuses. If polygamy is allowed, it diminishes the value and the equal right of every human being. If homosexual marriage is allowed, it means any intimacy (even those with non-human entities) is taken as a marriage, and the meaning of marriage itself disappears. If USA does not follow the God of the Holy Bible, the nation only faces lawlessness and chaos as seen on today. The West must not persecute the mankind for rejecting homosexual sin as marriage. It’s only between one man and one woman, as the Creator God has decreed so.

    • Off Shore

      You might want to study that Bible instead of just reading it.
      1 Kings 5:15 because David did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.

      Now ask yourself how many wives did King David have? 1 & 2 Samuel will get you plenty of wives 5, 6. 7 or maybe more, but absolutely more than three.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Men were too weak and God left them alone on that point for a time – He had mercy on people in the illiterate, starvation-rampant, power-orinented era – but His will has been always one man and one woman in marriage, as Jesus declared so. In the New Testament era, polygamy is not acceptable. Besides, USA has plenty food and is not starving to death or anything.

        “And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God “made them male and female.” “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.'”( Mark chapter 10)

        • Off Shore

          No where in that scripture does it say you may have only one wife as a matter of fact it’s talking about divorce not plurality. Chapter and verse or its not truth just your opinion.

          • Joe Monk

            Matthew 19:4

          • Off Shore

            First off Matt 19:4 is referring to the fact that God created only two sexes male and female not transgenders. If you are referring to Matt 19:5-6 these verses are talking about a sexual union of a man and woman and once marriage and the union have taken place there shall be no divorce. NO where in that verse does it say that you shall have but one wife. By your “one flesh” theory then God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit can’t be one God either they are just at the cults claim three separate entities. Now look at your own verse that you posted where Jesus referred to “the beginning” which means the same rules apply from Genesis Old Covenant through the Revelation New Covenant. The very verse that you listed that Jesus quoted is found in Genesis 2 word for word so much for your New Covenant argument. The very verse you posted defeats your case

            Genesis 2:24 King James Version (KJV)

            24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

            Matthew 19:5King James Version (KJV)

            5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

            Friend…the Devil is tugging your pride button.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            There is nothing like the Holy Trinity in the created world. Marriage is between one man and one woman. God’s will has not changed; it is eternal.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The entire Holy Bible expects and commands one man and one woman in marriage. Nothing else. If polygamy was God’s design, there should have been more female population created than male population, but that’s not the case. Those who want polygamy are slave owners. Read I Timothey chapter 3. Monogamy is commanded to church leaders by the Holy Spirit; it is commanded to all men.

          • Off Shore

            Read the above post for Holy Scripture references, I notice that you posted your theory about more females than females, but that is not Holy Scripture it’s your OWN limited human guess. If you have a theory that’s fine, but it must pass the test of Scripture and yours don’t. Since you won’t post the Scripture I will.

            1 Timothy 3:2
            A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant,
            sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

            “it is commanded to all men”
            It specifically says church leaders not “ALL”.
            How you take a few church leaders (bishops) to “all” is beyond all reading comprehension lessons.
            Have you noticed that in 1 Tim 3:2 there are those with multiple wife’s, but it doesn’t condemn them.

            Be careful about adding or deleting words into His Word as you have.

            Deuteronomy 4:2
            Revelation 22:18
            Proverbs 30:6

            I have showed you Holy Scripture that King David was a man after God’s heart with the exception of Uriah and he had multiple wife’s. Quit adding and deleting words in Scripture and show me reproof or condemnation in Scripture. You can’t do it, so accept God’s word for what it says.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. God has made it clear that human marriage is one man and one woman from the beginning. He made only Adam and Eve, not Adam and multiple number of women. All other forms are sins and barbarisms. God did not punish polygamy immediately because men’s hearts were too hard before Jesus came to Earth. Neither Abraham nor King David is Jesus, and they are no formula to follow. It was the Old Testament era and King David fed his wives unlike today’s secular playboys who just sleep around.

          • Off Shore

            “You are wrong.”
            I have posted Holy Scripture for evidence, so you’re not calling me wrong you’re calling God’s Word wrong. You keep saying God has made it clear, but you can’t give one verse that CLEARLY supports your false claim.

            So your example of marriage is Christ…
            You do realize that in the flesh He wasn’t married right? So by your example all who marry are wrong because Christ didn’t marry, wow that isn’t biblical.
            In the Spirit Chist is the groom and WE the church are the bride so how many make up bride… billions.

            Give me scripture or it’s just your fleshly opinion.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Your theology is wrong, not the Scripture quotes. Don’t equate your opinions with the Word of God. You are wrong here again. Jesus only mentioned and commanded the marriage between one man and one woman. Period. No other kind. All others are false for Christians therefore for all lawful people. Polygamy is a savage practice overlooked for some reasons such as reducing severe human sufferings in the era before Jesus came to earth. Many noble-minded men practiced monogamy in the OT era anyway. Get the Biblical message correctly. Read Jesus Himself on human marriage. Man and wife – singular always and only. Others are unthinkable.

          • Off Shore

            I have given you Holy Scripture to prove my point, but you still haven”t given one verse of scripture no not “ONE” .to prove your point.

            “Read Jesus Himself on human marriage. Man and wife – singular always and only.”

            The covenant a man makes between himself and his wife is singular and if he marries another wife that covenant is singular also between himself and that wife. The covenant isn’t shared between the wife’s, but between him and each wife.

            You still can’t answer why nearly all the patriarchs had multiple wife’s, but never was condemned by Jesus.

            You still can’t answer why 1 Timothy 3:2 allows multiple wife’s with the exception of the office of bishop.

            You still can’t answer why Genesis 2:24 and Matthew 19:5 use the same language of man and woman becoming one flesh, but yet polygamy by your own words was allowed under the first covenant not the second. The same words for both covenants.

            There are 66 books in my Holy Bible and I ask you one question…

            Show me one verse condemning polygamy, just ONE.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            There is no such thing as each wife. You are twisting the Holy Scripture. 1 Timothy is for all Christians therefore for all civilized people. Man cannot be divided into multiple flesh. The entire Holy Bible condemns polygamy because God’s will for human marriage is one man and one woman. Those who support polygamy do so for greed.

          • Off Shore

            :Man cannot be divided into multiple flesh.”

            Both Covenant’s disagree with you!!!

            He did right in the sight of the LORD, the one flesh command is in the Old Covenant and the New Covenant.

            1 Kings 5:15 because David did what was right in the sight of the LORD,
            and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the
            days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.

            Genesis 2:24 King James Version (KJV)

            24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

            Matthew 19:5King James Version (KJV)

            5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

            Civilized or not your opinion doesn’t count read the Holy Scripture and accept it. You are giving all kind of verses and throwing all kind of words around, but you still haven’t provided “ONE” verse condemning polygamy.

            “The entire Holy Bible condemns polygamy”
            give me “ONE” verse then…

            “for greed.”

            You are either intentionally ignorant or lying as I have no greed in the matter. except I want nothing but truth by Holy Scripture. I have asked you multiple times for just one verse condemning polygamy and you can’t do it, You have used words like “civilized”, “lawful”, and even went so far as to call polygamist prostitutes, but it required you to either add words to Holy Scripture or misused them.
            You know that’s exactly what Satan did in the garden of God
            Gen 3:4
            And the serpent said to the woman, “You surely shall not die!

            Let your pride go and accept God’s word instead of your silly tradition. If you want to be a monogamist as I am then great, but quit making stuff up to try and prove a point that you haven’t nor can.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong because God Himself established human marriage as the union of one man and one woman forever. Genesis chapter 1-2.

          • Off Shore

            If you go to the Chevy house and buy and finance a truck and then go to the Ford house and buy and finance a car you have two valid contracts or covenants, but there is only one you.

            When the Lord says between a man and woman that is exactly what is meant. One does not negate or invalidate the other they are both your vehicles and you still must fulfill the financial obligation.

            I asked you multiple times for a chapter and verse to denounce polygamy and you can’t do. Why can’t you accept the Word of God?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. God commanded one man and one woman’s marriage. I gave you Genesis chapter 2 and all the Scripture verses that contain the quotes and all the Biblical passages concerning human marriage and you ignored it all. Read them all. They always only assume one man and one woman’s marriage and no other combinations. Other combinations were unthinkable to the Bible principles and are all sinful. You are altogether dishonest in your Bible reading. Stop picking and choosing. Honest humans read the entire Holy Bible.

          • Off Shore

            You say Genesis, but King David HAD multiple wives and God said he was right in the sight of the LORD with one exception and it wasn’t polygamy.

            1 Kings 5:15 because David did what was right in the sight of the LORD,
            and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the
            days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.

            Unless you have chapter and verse to condemn this scripture then you stand on sand.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            For King David, not for the Christian men who have greater revelations. ( Hebrews chapter 1-4)

          • Off Shore

            Hebrews??? how vague of you sure glad with all you of your wisdom you could narrow it down to four chapters. You know like thou shall not kill, thou shall not steal, etc….
            CHAPTER AND VERSE…..

            What greater revelations are you speaking of? Oh this one that sanctions marriage from OT to NT and polygamy was accepted.

            Genesis 2:24 King James Version (KJV)

            24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

            Matthew 19:5King James Version (KJV)

            5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

            You still can’t give a chapter and verse….

            CHAPTER AND VERSE…

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            So, it’s one man and one woman in marriage throughout the Holy Bible. Period. Read your Bible from Genesis 1 – Revelation 22.

          • Off Shore

            Genesis 2:24 King James Version (KJV)

            24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

            Matthew 19:5King James Version (KJV)

            5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

            You still can’t give a chapter and verse….

            CHAPTER AND VERSE…

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Your verses only support monogamy of one man and one woman.

          • Off Shore

            You are right there isn’t not one verse condemning polygamy glad you finally see that.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The entire Christian Church and honest readers saw that God condemns polygamy, and only the cults and slave owners see otherwise. Don’t pick and choose in the Holy Bible.

          • Off Shore

            Racist good luck

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Westerners who bring up racial equality and sexual orientation are the real racist criminals. Having darker skin is not sin, but homosexuality is sin. Luck does not exist. Be Biblical to be correct.

          • Off Shore

            Keep running, but still no
            CHAPTER OR VERSE…

          • Off Shore

            You say that Genesis condemns polygamy, but yet nearly all the OT patriarchs where polygamists to include prophets that gave us the word of God.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            This is New Testament era. God no longer overlooks such men’s weakness. Stay to His eternal standard or you are unredeemed.

          • Off Shore

            You said that Genesis condemns polygamy, but I clearly showed you it doesn’t. Now you say that the in the NT era God no longer overlooks….. , but you can’t give a verse that condemns or changes the marriage covenant from Genesis.

            “Stay to His eternal standard or you are unredeemed.”

            Now you say stay to His eternal covenant, but His marriage covenant didn’t change from Genesis to Revelation and YOU can’t show that it has.

            CHAPTER AND VERSE…..

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            God never approved polygamy except for overlooking men’s weakness for a time. He always stated one man and one woman in marriage. A murderer started a polygamy in Genesis 4, but he and his descendants got wiped out by the flood. Genesis 6-9. Noah and his sons had one wife each as well. No polygamy.

          • Off Shore

            WRONG…
            There are plenty of godly men that had multiple wife’s after the flood and after Gen 6-9. You really need to study your bible. I’ll name a couple just to prove you either lied or don’t know you bible that well.

            Abraham
            Jacob
            Moses
            David
            Gideon

            You have been wrong on EVERY point you have tried to make and still haven’t showed me ONE verse, just ONE condemning polygamy.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Polygamy is a false practice that God did not execute men for but looked over for a time because of men’s weaknesses and to protect women from starvation deaths. Moses is monogamy; he probably remarried after his first wife’s death. Polygamy is against God’s will and design, and it also practically brings un-equality and immorality and selfishness and abuses and chaos. Men with polygamy treat women and children as possessions, without exception.

          • Off Shore

            Nothing but opinion again! Got to love your “probably” remarried comment that “probably” isn’t biblical either, lol.

            Enough sniveling chapter and verse…

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Probably is Moses’ case. It’s okay for widows to remarry. Mine is the only honest conclusion from the entire Holy Bible that all Christians have come to. No polygamy for Christians and civilized people. You just want to enslave a lot of women for yourself like any pagan men. Mormons are pagan, not Christian. Non-Christianity = barbariam.

          • Off Shore

            Then show me ONE verse condemning it, just ONE.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The whole Holy Bible condemns polygamy as immorality. The whole. Lord Jesus entirely excluded polygamy as something unthinkable.

            “And He(Jesus) answered and said to them, ‘Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female,”and
            said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be
            joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.'” (Matthew ch.19)

            “And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation, God “made them male and female… For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.'” (Mark chapter 10)

          • Off Shore

            Same words are written in Gen 2 and Matt 19 and neither condemns polygamy. You keep going to the same verse while I have shown you numerous times that you are wrong you sound like the Devil when he told Eve you won’t die or when he tempted Jesus you just wont accept truth by Scriptures. I feel sorry for you that all you have is those two Scriptures and I have proven that you couldn’t be further from the truth. If you were trutly interested in the Scriptures you would realize that you are wrong, but instead just as the Devil does you like to argue even when you don’t have a case. I suggest that you continue to study the Word and leave posting alone as you haven’t mastered the basic Word yet.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. Polygamy was endured like slavery for a time. It has been unthinkable to God’s will and design. Jesus disregarded it with the impossibility of existence. It was not even in His mind when He talked about marriage. Just give up your appetite for slavery. Everyone is free in Christ. Polygamy is a man-made slavery that should be gone forever.

          • Off Shore

            Blah, Blah..Chapter and verse

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The entire Holy Bible. You have nothing to defend polygamy. God condemned all immorality including polygamy.

          • Off Shore

            But yet you can’t list one verse, lol.

            CHAPTER AND VERSE

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            I gave you many verses, and you ignored. Polygamy is against God’s will and is savagery and slavery.

          • Off Shore

            No, not “ONE” please don’t count your re-directional scriptures.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Holy Scripture is AGAINST polygamy and you are against the entire Holy Scripture.

          • Off Shore

            I;m glad you see that Holy Scripture doesn’t condemn polygamy.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Holy Scripture only affirms one man and one woman’s marriage. Therefore all else are wrong and unthinkable. Polygamists would marry plants and mountains and oceans just as well claiming a falsehood like you do.

          • Off Shore

            Blah, Blah, Blah, chapter and verse.
            Yes you are right polygamy was practiced by godly men through the entire
            Bible and not one verse condemns it. Find me one example of a godly
            man marrying plants, mountains, or oceans, yeah it’s not there. Most pitiful…

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Polygamy was overlooked because men were weak and too many were dying of starvation. For Christian men and civilized men with literacy, polygamy is unacceptable according to the Holy Bible. The entire Holy Bible condemns polygamy. You anti-biblically insist polygamy only because you want to enslave women again like all pagans do. The West regressed into barbarism after losing out Christianity.

          • Off Shore

            Your ignorant opinion again
            CHAPTER AND VERSE

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Polygamy is worse than slavery and that’s why it was the first thing to go. Your chapters and verses only prove that monogamy alone is God’s will. Stop the slavery of women. God punishes all sexually immorals.

          • Off Shore

            You are a scripture bending racist good luck

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You Westerners should stop upholding the reign of the sexually depraved and mentally ill people by bringing up racial equality. You guys are thirsty for bullying a group of people again – Biblical Christians this time – after giving mankind only a few decades of peace. Why do you guys do that, knowing it only ruins your own children? Be a real parent. There is no lawfulness apart from Christianity on Planet Earth. Today’s nudist gay West is the mage proof in the entire universe. What you Westerners are advancing now is a despicable Sodomy and mental illness that accompanies it. You guys need Biblical Christianity to be good and stay civilized, both then and now.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            There is no such thing as luck in this world; there is only God’s providence and sovereignty. Be Biblical. And stop bullying if you are American.

          • Off Shore

            “You just want to enslave a lot of women for yourself like any pagan men.”

            Wrong again… You just keep getting it wrong. I am married to one woman and will not be married to more than one, but that still doesn’t make it biblical. Paul suggest that if possible that none marry, but says if we do that it isn’t a sin.

            “that all Christians have come to”

            So church tradition is scripture to you? Every picture you see of angels is cute little babies with wings, but I can promise you that if you do a study on angels they are anything but cute little harmless babies. They are mighty warriors, servants of the Most High God with power to destroy the earth in a split second. Your tradition and traditional Christians opinion is way off on that.

            Typically Christians and traditions are against cremation, but find me one scripture that condemns it, it’s not there.

            Give me the Chapter and verse for easter, oh no it’s PAGAN ALSO!

            There is Passover, but easter is pagan Babylonian to be exact. That traditional bunny rabbit is also pagan and represents a fertility god, so your traditions really can mean Satan.

            Read for yourself and you will discover that there are a lot of traditions of a church and of men that are not Biblical.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            What you enlisted are a few examples of failed marriages in the Holy Bible. Mine is the eternal principle which God has shown and commanded throughout His Word from the beginning to the end.

          • Off Shore

            Apparently not you can’t give “ONE” verse not even “ONE”

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Holy Bible never approved polygamy as it never approved pedophilia and incest and homosexuality and animal-abuses and cannibalism.

          • Off Shore

            Blah, Blah, Blah Chapter and verse

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The entire Holy Bible. You have nothing to defend polygamy. God condemned all types of immorality including polygamy.

          • Off Shore

            I have listed several verses defending polyamy, but you on the other hand have not shown “ONE” verse no not “ONE”.

            CHAPTER AND VERSE

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No Bible chapter or verse supports polygamy. The entire Holy Bible assumes man to have one wife. All other forms are wrong.

          • Off Shore

            I have showed you all these verses before and it clearly does support polygamy, so you either have reading comprehension issues or are a deceiver.

            1 Kings 5:15 because David did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.
            Now ask yourself how many wives did King David have? 1 & 2 Samuel will get you plenty of wives 5, 6. 7 or maybe more, but absolutely more than three.

            There are plenty of godly men that had multiple wife’s after the flood and after Gen 6-9. You really need to study your bible. I’ll name a couple just to prove you either lied or don’t know you bible that well.
            Abraham
            Jacob
            Moses
            David
            Gideon

            1 Timothy 3:2
            A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant,
            sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
            1 Timothy 3:12
            12 Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and [a]good managers of their children and their own households.

            You have been wrong on EVERY point you have tried to make and still haven’t showed me ONE verse, just ONE condemning polygamy.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Your verses only affirm monogamy and condemn polygamy.

          • Off Shore

            I’m glad you see that the Bible does NOT condemn polygamy in any way.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Holy Bible does not condemn marriage to the oceans, either. The Holy Bible affirms only one man and one woman’s marriage and nothing else. All else are wrong and unthinkable.

          • Off Shore

            Yes you are right polygamy was practiced by godly men through the entire Bible and not one verse condemns it. Find me one example of a godly man marrying the oceans, yeah it’s not there. Most pitiful…

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            If one can defend polygamy, one can defend marriage to anything. You are wrong. There are many godly men who practiced monogamy such as Adam, Seth, Noah, Issac, Joseph, Moses, Manoah, Isaiah, Zechariah, Joseph (Mary’s husband)… The New Testament Bible prohibits polygamy – anything and everything other than one man and one woman union in marriage. God created and designed and commanded only the example of Adam and Eve. Regarding marriage in the Holy Bible, both man and woman are always singular; never man and women or men and a woman.

          • Off Shore

            Moses had at least three wives and no mention of them dying first. Again CHAPTER AND VERSE

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No indication Moses got multiple wives at the same time. Your chapters and verses on the Holy Scripture only prove monogamy.

          • Off Shore

            Please keep telling me that no verse supports polygamy and give me a reason to post the very scriptures that justify it. You have given me and audience please let me preach on while you have not “ONE” no not “ONE” scripture to condemn polygamy.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The entire Holy Bible opposes polygamy as if it does not exist and you have NO Scripture to support any such immorality.

          • Off Shore

            I have showed you all these verses before and it clearly does support
            polygamy, so you either have reading comprehension issues or are a
            deceiver.

            1 Kings 5:15 because David did what was right in the
            sight of the LORD, and had not turned aside from anything that He
            commanded him all the days of his life, except in the case of Uriah the
            Hittite.
            Now ask yourself how many wives did King David have? 1 &
            2 Samuel will get you plenty of wives 5, 6. 7 or maybe more, but
            absolutely more than three.

            There are plenty of godly men that had
            multiple wife’s after the flood and after Gen 6-9. You really need to
            study your bible. I’ll name a couple just to prove you either lied or
            don’t know you bible that well.
            Abraham
            Jacob
            Moses
            David
            Gideon

            1 Timothy 3:2
            A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant,
            sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
            1 Timothy 3:12
            12 Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and [a]good managers of their children and their own households.

            You have been wrong on EVERY point you have tried to make and still haven’t showed me ONE verse, just ONE condemning polygamy.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            All your verses show that monogamy is God’s eternal will and design, and it’s men’s falut to have polygamy.

          • Off Shore

            You are acting like a child please give me one Chapter and verse that condemns polygamy just “ONE”.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The entire Holy Bible. God always treated human couples as one man and one woman calling them one flesh. As all men are free, only one man and one woman’s monogamy is approved in God’s sight.

          • Off Shore

            I’m glad you finally see the whole truth. Your right the whole Bible does not condemn polygamy.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            It does not condemn marriage to oceans, either. Man has one flesh. It cannot be torn and get united to many fleshes.

          • Off Shore

            Yes you are right polygamy was practiced by godly men through the entire Bible and not one verse condemns it.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Men were too weak. God had mercy on those who were starving to death. Moderners are not starving but are over-weight. Well-fed people should not engage in sexual immorality and add sins.

          • Off Shore

            CHAPTER AND VERSE

          • Off Shore

            “Moses is monogamy”
            Moses had three wives to be exact Zipporah, the daughter of Hobab, and a Ethiopian woman

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. A widow or a widower remarrying is not polygamy.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You errored in the entire Holy Bible by supporting polygamy.

          • Off Shore

            chapter and verse…

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Genesis 2 and all the quotes that contain them. Do your work. The New Testament Bible always only assumes human marriage as one man and one woman EVERY time it talks about marriage. Nothing else. Polygamy or same-sex marriage or co-habitation was unthinkable and NEVER appears. So should all Christians and all civilized people be.

          • Off Shore

            Chapter and verse that condemns polygamy not your talking points. Oh so now the NT assumes something. Stick with the bible instead of your own thoughts. .

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Yes, read all of the Holy Bible. God always talked to us in the foundation that marriage is between one man and one woman. Exceptions are in childlessness and slavery-treatment (which prevented starvation-deaths) and some patriachs in the days of slavery and illiteracy. Such era is over.

          • JeffRay

            “Jesus only mentioned and commanded the marriage between one man and one woman.”

            Jesus told a parable in which the bridegroom went in to 5 virgins.

            “Polygamy is a savage practice…”

            A study of polygamy in Tanzania showed that women and children would be worse off if the practice were banned.

            And on that point… Christian missionaries go into regions where polygamy is legal, and tell families they cannot be join the church unless the husband gets rid of all but one of his wives (and the children thereof). Given the economics of these regions, these women and children are left destitute, often having to resort to selling themselves in order to survive.

            How christian is that?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Those 5 virgins were servants, not a bride. Tanzania needs literacy. Christian missionaries made the world civilized. Under polygamy, coming of equal human rights is impossible.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            God prohibited Christians any polygamy. Those who support polygamy are prostitutes, male or female, and prostitutes are not the Bride of Christ. Read Revelation chapter 22.

          • Off Shore

            There are 66 books in my Holy Bible and I ask you one question…

            Show me one verse condemning polygamy, just ONE.

          • Off Shore

            I just looked for the Holy Scripture that says
            “Those who support polygamy are prostitutes, male or female, and prostitutes are not the Bride of Christ”

            It wasn’t in Revelation 22 or in any of the other 65 books please give that chapter and verse.

            I believe you just committed a terrible sin by adding to the Word of God.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.” ( Revelation 22:14)

          • Off Shore

            Again find me “ONE” verse that equates sexually immoral with polygamy.

            I have looked up the definition of sexually immoral by the Holy Bible standard not by yours.

            “fornication”
            Pre-marital sex (1 Corinthians 7:1, 2)
            Adultery, extra-marital sex (Matthew 19:9)
            Homosexuality (Romans 1:26-28)
            Harlotry and prostitution (1 Timothy 1:10)
            Incest (1 Corinthians 5:1)
            Bestiality (Leviticus 20:15, 16)

            You see there is nothing there about polygamy again you have added that part to meet your religious requirements.

            Have you noticed how 1 Timothy 3:2 & 12 and Titus 1:6 doesn’t condemn polygamy, but simply says that you cant be and overseer, deacon, or elder.

            Oh how I know you want it to be there, but it’s NOT there.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Polygamy is a sexual sin. The Holy Bible commands the Christian man to have one spouse and not to defile the marriage bed.

          • Off Shore

            Give me one verse that shows God’s punishment for polygamy. The hard heart your referring to is about divorce not marriage Matthew 19:8 & Mark 10:5.

            So secular playboy’s just sleeping around is why God changed from polygamy to monagmy?

            So God changes His statutes, laws, ordinances, and commandments according to the sin of man? Do you hear yourself you are guessing at answers.

            God doesn’t change EVER. He made a way for us to achieve salvation through Jesus Christ, but He is a just God and therefore doesn’t change the rules.
            Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29, Psalm 89:34, Malachi 3:6

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            All the unhappy marriages. There is no single happy polygamy on record! God has not changed anything. King David is far better than modern playboys on the ethics – that’s the point. God is more lenient towards ignorant men than learned men. Read what Jesus said on sinning without knowing and sinning knowingly. OT era and NT era are different. Acts chapter 17. “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” God is just and His judgment is just. Revelation chapter 20.

          • Off Shore

            You still haven”t given one verse of scripture no not “ONE” .to prove your point.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Genesis 1 and 2 and Jesus’ quotes of them. Read the Gospel.

          • JeffRay

            “There is no single happy polygamy on record! ”

            Gideon. Joash.

            By contrast, look at the miserable monogamous marriages of Samson and Delilah, or Isaac and Rebekah.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            There are no records of polygamy people being happy. Ruth and Boaz, Samson’s parents, John the Baptists’ parents, Mary and Joseph were monogamy and happy. Isaac was happier than Abraham and Jacob.

          • JeffRay

            “If polygamy was God’s design, there should have been more female population created than male population, but that’s not the case.”

            That is exactly the case. There are a few exceptions, due to female infanticide, China’s one-child policy, etc, but in nearly every other culture or population group, males and females are born in nearly the same ratio, but males immediately begin dying at a higher rate. By the time they reach marriageable age, females outnumber males by a significant margin.

            In the US, the ratio is something like 53% F to 47% M. In some groups (african-american, for instance), the ratio is as bad as 7:1, due to a high percentage of young males being murdered or imprisoned.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            That does not excuse polygamy. More women become nuns than men becoming monks; therefore monogamy alone is correct practically.

        • JeffRay

          “In the New Testament era, polygamy is not acceptable.”

          It was widely practiced and acceptable to everyone except the Romans, who had banned it for political reasons. In particular, it was practiced in Palestine, and the Romans passed not just one, but TWO additional, harsher ordinances to try to stamp it out. (They continued to practice it long after the Roman Empire fell.)

          Christianity practiced it until at least the 4th century, when Christianity became the official, state religion of Rome. At that time, the church fathers debated and ultimately decided to abandon polygamy, not because it was unscriptural, but because it was illegal under Roman law, and now that Christianity was the official religion, it had to submit to that law as well (“submission to earthly rulers”).

          You can find all this in the writings of the church fathers of that era (eg, Saint Augustine).

      • Joe Monk

        Friend … we are in the new covenant with the Lord … you know … the one where Jesus gave his life in atonement for all the sins God knows that you are going to do but you dont even have an inkling of yet?

        Now in our new covenant with the Lord, he said in Matthew Chapter 19:

        4“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’a 5and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ ? 6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

        Notice the language there .. “one flesh”. It is impossible for one man to marry many women and become “one flesh”. That is possible of only two people.

        So yes, it was the way you said in the old covenant, but the new covenant is one man and one woman only.

        • Off Shore

          Genesis 2:24 King James Version (KJV)

          24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

          Matthew 19:5King James Version (KJV)

          5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

          “So yes, it was the way you said in the old covenant, but the new covenant is one man and one woman only.”

          You really should consider rethinking your theory.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Covenant says that marriage is between one man and one woman from the start to the end.

        • JeffRay

          “It is impossible for one man to marry many women and become “one flesh”.”

          One flesh means family or kin. Joseph’s brothers decided to sell him into slavery rather than murder him, because they were “one flesh” (from four different mothers).

          In the NT, if a man lies with a prostitute, he becomes “one flesh”with her, even if he has lain with other women previously.

          One flesh does not, can not, mean monogamy, or these other verses make no sense.

  • Amos Moses

    She : That’s bigamy

    He: That’s big of me, too ……

  • Emmanuel

    Why is this wrong and other marriages are not?

    • Michael C

      This lawsuit didn’t have anything to do with civil marriage.

      • Emmanuel

        Michael, let’s have a good talk about this. I don’t want to argue but just have a good talk.
        I am in favor of the states running their own laws. And the church having theirs, or ours. So we have to separate civil with moral.
        I don’t have a problem with a man with 4 wives, a woman with 3 husbands, one woman with 2 wives and a man with 2 husbands. I don’t. That is what the law has allowed. let it be.
        But, the church needs and will take a stand to only one man and one woman. Some churches have fallen but some will not.
        Again, I don’t want to argue or fight and I probably agree with your view.

  • Michael C

    There seems to be some confusion about SCOTUS’ action in this case. The linked article didn’t open for me so perhaps that’s a part of the problem.

    Kody Brown and his many wives were not suing for government recognition of their marriages. They were suing because there is a seldom enforced law in Utah that makes it a crime for one man to live with multiple women.

    The Supreme Court isn’t going to hear their lawsuit because they were never actually charged with any sort of crime.

    If Brown and his wives were actually charged with a crime simply for living together in one house, I would bet that the Supreme Court would strike that law down. Lots of states have old laws that are probably unconstitutional. Michigan, for example, outlaws unmarried cohabitation.

  • Chet

    All that, ladies, for that prize???