In a speech on the House floor on Friday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) suggested last week’s Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage, which moved marriage “beyond the scope of a man and a woman,” could open the door to legalized polygamy.
“Once you move marriage beyond the scope of a man and a woman, you really don’t end up with a good place to put a limit, because now that the court has pushed this boundary out there and eliminated it. Then I think polygamy is wrong, bigamy is wrong, and it’s a crime in many places — but how will that be justifiable … now that the court has removed this?” Gohmert said.
Last week, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred gays from receiving certain federal benefits, and it also that left in place a trial court’s conclusion that California’s ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, is unconstitutional,
“There’s some (who) believe polygamy is a way to go. I do not think it’s healthy for us as a society, and I certainly don’t think it helped Solomon. I think it helped him lose his wisdom,” Gohmert said.