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Kick Government Out of Marriage, Not Churches

     By: Mark Henkel
Date: Mar 13, 2008
Word Count: 1000 words
Cross-Reference: Ending marriage debate, polygamy rights solution, Christian polygamy

. . . . . . . by Mark Henkel  
Mark Henkel is the National Polygamy Advocate and the Founder of the organization, the non-Mormon, cross-denominational, evangelical Christian Polygamy organization. He has been reported by the 700 Club, The Associated Press, The Washington Times, Newsweek, CourtTV, NBC's TODAY Show, and many more, as noted at .

With this polygamy rights WIN-WIN solution, everyone wins. Both conservatives and liberals can easily save face. Marriage will never be legally re-defined by anyone. And the churches will never be forced to perform "same sex weddings."

As   long   as   Christian   churches   continue   to   allow   the   false   god   of   big   socialist   government   to   define,   license,   and   control   God's   doctrine   of   marriage,   that   same   big   government   may   eventually   force   all   churches   to   perform   "same   sex   weddings."     As   the   national   voice   of   polygamy   rights,   however,   I   continue   to   propose   our   mutually   face-saving   WIN-WIN   solution.     As   both   conservatives   and   liberals   can   easily   embrace   it   while   still   politically   saving   face,   this   solution   could   very   quickly   end   the   marriage   debate.     More   importantly,   it   will   completely   protect   the   churches. 
Over   the   years,   there   have   been   other   proposals.     But   the   fatal   flaw   in   every   would-be   proposal   is   that   big   government   would   still   remain   unconstitutionally   over-empowered.      
For   example,   one   year   ago   today,   back   on   March   13,   2007,   in   my   own   State   of   Maine,   a   State   legislative   committee   quickly   killed   a   proposed   bill,   L.D.   779,   which   sought   to   remove   clergy   from   certifying   marriage   licenses.*       While   it   had   had   the   potential   to   protect   churches   from   being   forced   into   big   government   "compliance"   to   licensing   mandates,   it   would   have   done   so   in   an   unacceptable,   opposite   direction.     That   is,   instead   of   kicking   government   out   of   marriage,   L.D.   779   would   have   kicked   the   churches   out. 
So,   obviously,   L.D.   779   failed. 
Such   failures   persuade   me   further   that   our   own   polygamy   rights   solution   is   the   only   WIN-WIN   alternative   that   could   succeed   with   all   sides   of   the   marriage   debate   –   and   which   will   protect   the   churches.     What   surprises   most   people   when   they   hear   this   solution   from   me,   though,   is   that   I   do   not   come   from   any   Mormon,   Muslim,   or   liberal   paradigm.     Indeed,   I   was   transported   onto   the   national   stage   because   I   do   come   to   the   debate   with   the   total   credibility   as   a   conservative   evangelical. 
That's   right:   Christian   Polygamy.     Where   other   conservative   Christians   typically   dismiss   Mormons,   Muslims,   or   liberals   promoting   polygamy,   the   fact   that   I   use   undeniably   conservative   Christian   argumentations   -   instead   -   actually   compels   other   conservative   Christians   to   take   notice.     By   bringing   something   completely   new   to   the   political   table   about   polygamy   (our   evangelical   Christianity   and   our   standard   of   consenting-adult,   love-not-force   polygamy),   the   modern   polygamy   rights   movement   began   in   1994   and   has   grown   since.     Previously-marginalized   Mormon,   Muslim,   secular   and   even   liberal   polygamists   have   all   benefited   -   as   never   before   -   from   the   growth   of   this   new   pro-polygamy   constituency. 
Christian   Polygamists   individually   come   from   the   whole   spectrum   of   Bible-based   denominations.     We   believe   in   the   whole   Bible,   family   values,   and   Constitutionalism.     And   our   individual   Bible   studies   reveal   what   the   Scriptures   really   say   about   marriage. 
For   example,   others   assert   that   the   Genesis   story   of   Adam   and   Eve   somehow   justifies   socialistically   and   idolatrously   using   big   government   to   unbiblically   re-define   marriage   as   "one   man,   one   woman."     But   the   Bible   itself   says   that   the   Genesis   author,   Moses,   was   married   to   -   not   one,   but   -   two   wives.     And   neither   Adam   and   Eve,   nor   anyone   else   in   the   Bible,   were   ever   married   "by   government."     The   modern   invention   of   "government   marriage"   never   happened   in   the   Bible.      
So,   actually,   the   Adam   and   Eve   story   reveals   that   consenting-adult   polygamy   should   not   be   illegalized   -   as   its   holy   author,   Moses,   was   clearly   a   polygamist.     And   it   reveals   that   government   should   not   be   involved   in   marriage   -   as   Adam   and   Eve   were   never   married   "by   government." 
My   other   fellow   Christians   are   correct,   though,   that   the   Bible   does   overtly   call   homosexual   behavior   as   sin.     But   the   debate   over   the   invented   biological   impossibility   of   "same   sex   marriage"   is   actually   their   fault.     That   invented   construct   was   only   made   possible   by   allowing   big   government   to   re-define   marriage   in   the   first   place   -   when   excluding   polygamy.     If   government   was   never   involved   in   marriage,   homosexuals   would   have   no   incentive   to   pursue   such   a   legal   invention.     Indeed,   anti-polygamy   is   the   real   slippery   slope   that   led   to   "same   sex   marriage."    
To   resolve   that   debate,   polygamy   rights   offer   a   WIN-WIN   solution.       My   now   well-known   sound-bite,   "'Polygamy   rights'   is   the   next   civil   rights   battle,"   is   actually   a   call   for   limited   government. 
Here's   how.     We   only   promote   a   benevolent,   pro-woman,   pro-marriage,   consenting-adult   solution.     We   call   for   the   laissez   faire   principle   whereby   men   improve   their   husband-qualities   to   attract   intelligent   women.     "All   the   good   men   are   taken"   should   no   longer   apply.     Get   government   out   of   the   way.     Let   the   free   market   motivate   men   to   start   growing   up,   and   then   we   can   stop   the   societal   sickness   of   marriage-phobic   males   and   abandoned   single   moms. 
Our   solution   is   limited   government.     No   special   rights   for   anyone.       Freedom   for   all   -   just   as   our   great   country's   forefathers   envisioned. 
That   solution   would   unquestionably   protect   the   churches. 
As   long   as   big   government   is   involved   in   marriage,   anti-discrimination   laws   will   inevitably   be   used   to   force   churches   into   performing   so-called   "same   sex   weddings."     Letting   government   control   marriage   means   letting   it   control   the   churches   with   forced   "compliance." 
Government   has   no   Constitutional   authority   to   be   defining   Christian   doctrines.     Letting   big   government   control   marriage   is   as   idolatrously   unconstitutional   as   letting   it   license   the   Gospel,   Baptism,   or   the   Lord’s   Table.     God   forbid. 
But   kicking   government   out   of   marriage   will   protect   the   churches   from   the   tyranny   of   forced   "compliance"   -   as   the   polygamy   rights   solution   would   achieve. 
Similarly,   Maine's   L.D.   779   might   also   have   protected   the   churches.     When   churches   are   not   involved   in   licensing   government   marriage,   then   government   cannot   force   their   "compliance." 
However,   L.D.   779   would   have   kicked   the   churches   out   of   marriage,   still   embraced   big   government   usurping   Christian   doctrine,   and   moved   further   away   from   limited   government.      
Instead,   I   propose   a   nationwide   reverse-alternative   to   Maine's   L.D.   779.     This   polygamy   rights   solution   is   premised   on   these   two   key   points.     Marriage   is   a   God-given   Individual   Right.     And   the   only   valid   role   for   government   in   marriage   is   at   the   municipal   level,   as   a   repository   of   the   public   records   of   the   contractual   arrangements   that   consenting   adults   make. 
Everyone   wins   and   saves   face   with   our   polygamy   rights   WIN-WIN   solution.     Finally,   marriage   will   never   be   legally   re-defined   by   anyone.     Conservatives   can   get   back   to   true   conservative   values   of   limited   government.     Liberals   can   get   their   "equality   for   all."     And   the   churches   will   never   be   forced   to   perform   "same   sex   weddings." 
So,   instead   of   kicking   the   churches   out,   it's   time   to   kick   government   out   of   marriage. 

*   -   On   March   13,   2007,   a   so-called   "public   hearing"   was   held   in   Augusta,   Maine,   regarding   the   proposed   bill,   L.D.   779,   "An   Act   To   Remove   Clergy   as   Signatories   on   Marriage   Licenses."     Maine's   conservative   elite   opposed   L.D.   779   as   a   possible   anti-religion   attack.     Maine's   liberal   elite   opposed   it   because   they   wanted   their   own   liberal   churches   to   still   certify   weddings.     As   the   National   Polygamy   Advocate,   and   as   a   Maine   citizen,   Mark   Henkel   had   also   attended   the   hearing   in   order   to   present   the   reverse-alternative   WIN-WIN   polygamy   rights   solution.     But   the   bill   was   prematurely   killed   before   any   of   the   real   public   could   speak.   The   committee   first   permitted   only   two   specific   spokespeople   to   speak   from   both   sides   of   the   media-approved   elites.     Then   the   committee's   Republican   minority   leader   called   for   killing   the   bill   immediately.     The   Democrat   majority   agreed.     And   so,   the   legislators   effectively   killed   the   bill   before   anyone   else   could   say   anything   more.     So   much   for   a   "public   hearing."     Hence,   the   reverse-alternative   WIN-WIN   polygamy   rights   solution   was   not   even   allowed   to   be   presented,   thereby   leaving   churches   vulnerable   to   big   government   mandates   of   "compliance,"   including   being   forced   to   perform   "same   sex   weddings."     Shockingly,   less   than   a   month   later,   that   same   Republican   minority   leader   who   liberally   killed   the   bill   was,   herself,   killed   in   a   skiing   accident.


Bibliographic URLs:

L.D. 779 in Maine (et al) 
Mark Henkel becomes National Polygamy Advocate 
700 Club reports on Christian Polygamy & Mark Henkel 
History of the Movement 
Polygamist Moses 
Biological Impossibility of "Same Sex Marriage" 
Anti-Polygamy is the Real "Slippery Slope" 
"Polygamy Rights" sound-bite 
No Special Rights for Anyone 
Government Marriage and Idolatry 
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