The Return of Polygamy

When I come across sites like and its sister sites (,,,,, I can’t help but think that polygamy is soon going to be legal in this country again. My reasoning is simple: if the Supreme Court upholds the legality of “gay marriage,” then surely when it hears one of the more solidly law-based polygamy cases that will undoubtedly make its way up to it, the court will rule that anti-polygamy laws are unconstitutional, making it legal again. To me this is a no-brainer and is inevitable.

What I wonder, though, is what the reaction of the church will be. Although the prophet holds the keys to the sealing power and can still insist that no plural marriages are sealed or performed by any of the LDS clergy, within or without the temple, despite the practice being legal, what is to stop a member of the church from contracting a plural marriage outside of the church? Will church members still be excommunicated for exercising their right to take more than one wife, legally? In such a legal environment, I don’t see how the leaders could justify excommunication, as the practice of polygamy would not be breaking the law of man nor the law of chastity (the law of God). The law of chastity concerns sexual relations between a man and a woman who is legally and lawfully married. Legalized polygamy obeys the law of chastity.

Somehow I don’t think the present policy of prohibiting plural marriage will remain in place once the practice has become perfectly legal. I suspect that once its legality is established, there will be plenty of men who take more than one wife, bringing the church once again under the persecuting scrutiny of the monogamous masses.

Who knows? Maybe there will be mass inactivations and requests of name-removals by many offended women and also men who do not like the change in policy (pro-polygamy) and/or who do not appreciate the persecution that possibly will be heaped upon those members who remain and engage in the practice.

At any rate, I think that the present thinking of many church members that polygamy, if it happens again, is so distant in the future, say in the Millennium or even the after-life, that they need not think about it much, is naive. It would not surprise me in the least if we are faced with the return of legalized polygamy within the next few years.

Next Chastity article: Why the long process?

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Scriptural Discussion #2: Scriptures—Men To Be Judged By


Nephi said, “Wherefore, for this cause hath the Lord God promised unto me that these things which I write shall be kept and preserved, and handed down unto my seed, from generation to generation, that the promise may be fulfilled unto Joseph, that his seed should never perish as long as the earth should stand. Wherefore, these things shall go from generation to generation as long as the earth shall stand; and they shall go according to the will and pleasure of God; and the nations who shall possess them shall be judged of them according to the words which are written.” (2 Nephi 25: 21-22)

The Lord said, “For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written.” (2 Nephi 29:11)

Jesus said, “For behold, out of the books which have been written, and which shall be written, shall this people be judged, for by them shall their works be known unto men. And behold, all things are written by the Father; therefore out of the books which shall be written shall the world be judged.” (3 Nephi 27: 25-26)




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