Old Orchard Beach, Maine (PRWEB) February 28, 2007
National polygamy rights leader, Mark Henkel, who is the Founder of the TruthBearer.org organization for non-Mormon evangelical Christian Polygamy, declared that most consenting-adult pro-polygamists around the country were actually relieved that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Holm v. Utah case on Monday, February 26, 2007. As Assistant Attorney General Laura Dupaix had officially informed the U.S. Supreme Court, "This case does not involve consenting adults." (http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0227/p25s01-usju.html?page=3). Henkel said, "At the national level of our movement, consenting adult pro-polygamists had always taken that same position about the case, too. And so, an official op-ed expressing that relief with more details was sent to the media through the media-distribution site, Pro-Polygamy.com." (LINK: http://www.Pro-Polygamy.COM/articles.php?news=0049).
The op-ed provides more details of the case, including the following information.
The case* involved Rodney Holm, who was a member of "the FLDS," an isolated Mormon Polygamy sect fully comprising two border towns of Utah and Arizona, called the "Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." It is also the same group that was led by the former-fugitive on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted List, Warren Jeffs. Within just the last half-year alone, CourtTV has reported the court trials of many FLDS men involved with under-aged girls. For example, CourtTV reported on one Mormon Polygamist with a 17 year old (http://www.courttv.com/news/polygamy/bateman-tot_ctv.html), another one with a 16 year old (http://www.courttv.com/news/hildale/072106_engels_ctv.html), and yet another one also with a 16 year old (http://www.courttv.com/news/hildale/080206_ctv.html). Each report exclusively pertains to members of the FLDS.
Back in 2003, FLDS member Rodney Holm was convicted of two counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor and one count of bigamy because he had a "religious marriage" with the 16 year old sister of his legally married wife. His convictions were upheld by the Utah State Supreme Court.* On Monday, February 26, 2007, according to the report made the next day by The Christian Science Monitor, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Holm's appeal without comment (http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0227/p25s01-usju.html).
"Because all of those reports and the Holm case all originate from that one small local group called the FLDS, on the border of Utah and Arizona," Henkel explained, "the overall media has mis-applied those stories to present a false illusion that all polygamists around the country supposedly are Mormon Polygamists and/or come from the FLDS.
"That illusion is utter fiction," Henkel said. "Around the country, there are many different forms of consenting-adult polygamists with fully different reasons for how they conduct themselves. There are evangelical Christian Polygamists, secular polygamists, and other forms as well, including Muslim polygamists. The world is so much larger than the little 'Mormonland bubble' of Utah/Arizona," said Henkel. "And the polygamy rights movement is so much larger too.
"At the national level, polygamy rights pertain only to consenting adults, as a laissez faire method to overcome the ills of a modern society of marriage-phobic males and abandoned single moms," Henkel explained.
The Christian Science Monitor reported that the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear Holm's case was made without comment. The Court gave no response either way about justifying anti-polygamy laws ( http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0227/p25s01-usju.html ). Henkel said, "Anti-polygamists, however, will deceptively assert that the Court's refusal somehow means that they upheld Utah's anti-polygamy laws. But the truth of the matter is, and as any lawyer will correctly affirm, it only means that Holm had simply not made an applicable argument to motivate their further review."
Henkel further explained, "At the national level of our movement, we understand the obvious reality that the Holm case was actually more about age of consent issues than polygamy. So, Holm's attempt to cite Lawrence v. Texas in his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court simply did not apply. Because Lawrence v. Texas is about consenting adults, it is not applicable to cases with 16 year olds." Indeed, in confirmation of Henkel's analysis, the Christian Science Monitor reported that, "In urging the high court not to take the case, Assistant Attorney General Laura Dupaix said the protections established in Lawrence v. Texas only apply to relationships between consenting adults."
Henkel concluded, "What that means for the national polygamy rights movement is that, by the Court's refusal to hear Holm's case, Lawrence v. Texas remains untainted for future cases involving polygamy rights for consenting adults. So, absolutely," Henkel stated happily, "the national polygamy rights movement is truly relieved about the Court's refusal to hear Holm's case."
*(No. 20030847 - http://www.utcourts.gov/opinions/supopin/Holm051606.pdf)
This story is most completely presented with more details in the op-ed at
Inquiring reporters and other interested parties may also want to use that op-ed or contact Mark Henkel for interviews at (207) 450-8603.
TruthBearer.org is the non-Mormon, cross-denominational, evangelical Christian Polygamy organization. It has been reported by the 700 Club, The Associated Press, The Washington Times, Newsweek, CourtTV, NBC's TODAY Show, and many more, as noted at TruthBearer.org/media/.
Mark Henkel is the National Polygamy Advocate and the Founder of the TruthBearer.org organization.
Pro-Polygamy.com is the authorized media-distribution site of professional pro-polygamy op-eds and press releases for use by news outlets, with its archive at Pro-Polygamy.com/articles.php
Mark Henkel, Founder
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