Rep. Gohmert: What’s Next – Legalized Polygamy?

Melanie Arter | July 1, 2013 | 11:19am EDT
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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) (AP Photo)

( – 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. 


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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.

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