Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

The wrong person on the right side of an issue.

John Bucher, the lawyer for polygamist Tom Green, argued before the Utah Supreme Court today that Green's conviction on four counts of bigamy should be overturned based, in part, on the Supreme Court's Lawrence ruling decriminalizing gay sex, which said that what gay men and lesbians do in the privacy of their homes is not the business of government.

"It doesn't bother anyone, [and with] no compelling state interest in what you do in your own home with consenting adults, you should be allowed to do so," Bucher said.

In other words, he is forcing the Utah Supreme Court to show that there is a compelling state interest for outlawing bigamy.

Unfortunately, Green is exactly the wrong person you would want to use as the posterboy for polygamy -- he is currently facing a possible life sentence for sleeping with a 13-year-old "wife". Whether this behavior can be entirely seperated from the compelling state interests for outlawing bigamy is questionable.

So, will Green win the day? Will polygamists and bigamists be branded as potential child molesters? ...or will Utah find another, less controversial reason to uphold laws against bigamy? And if so, could it be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court? Could get interesting.

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