Three's Company

Push for polygamy


A trio in Yellowstone County, Montana, applied for a marriage license less than a week after the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that gays and lesbians have a fundamental right to government-licensed marriages. In his Obergefell dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts warned that much of the majority opinion "would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage."

Now Nathan Collier, who with his two spouses starred on the TLC show Sister Wives, says Roberts' argument motivated him to apply for a marriage license for both his wives. "It's about marriage equality," he told the Associated Press. "You can't have this without polygamy."

At the county clerk's office, Collier's application was initially denied. Officials later said they'd consult with the county attorney before giving a final answer. The chief civil litigator for Yellowstone County said that as to licenses for plural marriages, he has so far found "the law simply doesn't provide for that yet."