贵州十一选五前三直开奖号 www.grzfr.com （1）IN 2001, Warren Jeffs officiated while a 14-year-old girl married her 19-year-old cousin. It was the first marriage for the bride and meant to be the first of many for the groom. Mr Jeffs is the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). With perhaps 10,000 members, it is the largest of the polygamous sects that spun off from Mormonism more than 100 years ago. On November 21st prosecutors in Utah argued that Mr Jeffs should be charged with two counts of rape as an accomplice.
The case has brought renewed attention to polygamists in America. The practice is illegal, and widely reviled. A Gallup poll in May 2006 found that 93% of Americans consider it immoral. The threats of prosecution and persecution have usually been enough to keep polygamists subdued. But lately they are becoming emboldened. （2）For one thing, the scorn is often mutual. “It would be easier to lie, cheat, and steal like you guys do,” one polygamous husband told a television reporter. “I have a certain amount of disgust for monogamy.” Besides, the debate over gay marriage has led to a wide national dialogue over traditional morality. Earlier this year, the television network HBO aired a series about a polygamous family. “Big Love”, which got respectable ratings, portrays plural marriage as more demanding than deviant.
Mormon fundamentalists argue that anti-polygamy laws infringe religious liberty. （3）The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah agrees, saying there is no reason to criminalise “private, consensual, adult relationships that are motivated by sincerely-held religious beliefs”.
The idea that the government has no business meddling in relationships between consenting adults is, of course, a pillar of the gay-marriage movement. （4）Opponents of gay marriage have always argued that opening the institution to homosexuals would put America on a slippery slope to polygamy, incest and worse. But Mormon fundamentalists do not want to get into bed with sinners like homosexuals. And gay-rights advocates have distanced themselves from polygamists. They argue that sexuality is intrinsic, while polygamy is a choice with grievous social consequences.