1. There are laws against polygamy.
2. Those laws are not really relevant, being that they get circumvented as it is through non-legally binding ceremonies.
3. That doesn't affect me. If Mohammed or Hiram wants to have 4 wives and only one is his legally binding wife, who cares? I don't lose any sleep over it. The other three wives are religiously married to him. Big deal. That, is not illegal, because he is only legally married once.
4. Gay marriage doesn't bother me either. Once again, I am not losing sleep over Seth and Steve tying the knot.
Article IV - The StatesThe rules of the territory were therefore congress' domain. The vote for statehood required that a congressional majority support the bill, and that took the LDS church's willingness to live by the laws of the rest of the US.
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.Clause 2:The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
As for benefits- most welfare benefits are targeted at children, so the children of Seth and his now third wife aren't any different before the law than they are for Ody and his sequential third wife.
Inheritance might need some work, but then it already needs some work. AS it is, if Ody dies without a will, his former wife and children by her are screwed as long as his now wife lives. Unless I am mistaken, his now wife gets his entire estate and survivor benefits. I hate to say this, but I think the Koran actually lays this one out pretty fairly.
Never name a child Steve!
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