I see something far more interesting here: Polygamists simply don’t recognize that government has legitimate authority over their marriages. Whereas many gays complain that they can’t marry the spouse of their choice because the government won’t permit it, polygamists simply defy the law and marry however they please.
Forget policy, polygamists are demonstrating that individuals can and do take their marriages private. As well they should:
The Sovereign Individual argues instead, that one must simply evict the state from oneâ€™s own marriage. Your marriage is not properly a matter of public debate so donâ€™t treat it as one. Take and keep private what ought to be private. And all of your life is your private affair.
Leave the institution of marriage to the Institutional Man.
Sovereign Individuals are the Makers of Manners:
You and I cannot be confined
within the weak list of a countryâ€™s fashion
we are the makers of manners,
and the liberty that follows our places
stops the mouth of all find-faults