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August 19 - Pro-Polygamists celebrate annual "Polygamy Day"

Date: Aug 19, 2006
Word Count: 500 words
Cross-Reference: Polygamy Day, August 19, polygamy rights, Polygamy Day, Inc.

Pro-polygamists are celebrating the sixth annual “Polygamy Day” - with even more hope this year than ever before.

August   19th   is   important   to   pro-polygamists.     Since   2001,   dedicated   polygamy   rights   activists   have   been   celebrating   it   as   their   own   special   day. 
Five   years   ago,   on   August   19,   2001,   polygamy   supporters   rallied   together   to   declare   August   19   as   the   annual   official   “Polygamy   Day.”     It   was   agreed   that   they   would   celebrate   that   same   day   every   year.     To   commemorate   that   first   event,   the   web-site   was   created   that   very   same   day. 
With   2001   being   the   year-number   “1”   of   the   new   millennium,   that   first   official   Polygamy   Day   was   labeled   as   “Polygamy   Day   1.”     It   was   further   agreed   that   that   system   would   apply   to   all   future   Polygamy   Days. 
By   “Polygamy   Day   2,”   on   August   19,   2002,   a   new   corporation   was   formally   established,   Polygamy   Day,   Inc.     Pursuing   the   de-criminalization   of   consenting-adult   polygamy,   the   corporation’s   purpose   seeks   to   promote   and   rally   public   awareness   of   polygamy.     Per   its   “Articles   of   Incorporation,”   Polygamy   Day,   Inc.   was   organized,   in   part,   “To   promote   the   date   of   ‘August   19,’   in   each   and   every   year,   as   the   only,   actual,   exclusive,   trademark,   and   ‘official’   date   of   ‘Polygamy   Day,’   each   year,   in   every   and   all   successive   years   forward,   from   the   very   first   ‘official’   ‘Polygamy   Day,’   which   began,   occurred,   and   was   so   declared   on   August   19,   2001...”      
As   of   “Polygamy   Day   3,”   the   U.S.   Supreme   Court   had   decided   the   Lawrence   v.   Texas   case.     In   his   Dissent,   conservative   Justice   Antonin   Scalia   begrudgingly   made   it   clear   that   polygamy   rights   for   consenting-adults   were   being   re-guaranteed. 
By   “Polygamy   Day   4,”   the   Massachusetts   State   Supreme   Judicial   Court   had   decided   the   Goodridge   case.     Although   the   decision   invented   a   new   form   of   government   marriage   in   Massachusetts   called   “same   sex   marriage,”   both   sides’   arguments   unwittingly   proved   that   -   either   way   -   polygamy   is   undeniably   valid   marriage. 
By   “Polygamy   Day   5,”   both   houses   of   the   U.S.   Congress   had   failed   to   pass   a   big   government   marriage   amendment.     And   just   three   days   before   that   August   19,   2005,   Pat   Robertson’s   “700   Club”   made   the   historic   act   of   identifying   Christian   Polygamists   as   non-Mormon   evangelical   Christians. 
Over   the   subsequent   year   leading   up   to   the   current   “Polygamy   Day   6,”   many   events   accelerated   the   polygamy   rights   movement.     A   government   study   in   Canada   recommended   de-criminalizing   polygamy.     The   U.S.   Supreme   Court   unanimously   decided   “Gonzales   v.   O   Centro   Espirita,”   putting   two   burdens   of   proof   on   the   government   to   prove,   first,   why   all   polygamy   should   supposedly   be   completely   banned   and,   second,   why   making   an   exemption   for   specific   benevolent   forms   of   polygamy   would   undermine   such   a   complete   ban   –   impossibilities   for   the   government   to   ever   prove.     A   new   show   on   HBO’s   pay-TV   network,   called   “Big   Love,”   was   the   very   first   of   its   kind   to   portray   normal   consenting-adult   polygamists.     That   generated   enormous   media   coverage   on   the   polygamy   movement   and   its   renowned   battle-cry,   “Polygamy   Rights   is   the   next   civil   rights   battle.”     And   both   houses   of   the   U.S.   Congress   -   again   -   failed   to   pass   a   big   government   marriage   amendment. 
So,   on   this   Polygamy   Day,   August   19,   2006,   polygamy   rights   freedom   is   coming   faster   than   ever.   Whether   by   gatherings   or   individual   celebrations,   pro-polygamists   are   rejoicing,   celebrating   a   truly   hope-filled   Polygamy   Day. 


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Polygamy Day, Inc. 
History of events in 2006

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