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Pro-Polygamists Celebrate 9th Annual Polygamy Day ®

Date: Aug 19, 2009
Word Count: 950 words
Cross-Reference: Polygamy Day ®, pro-polygamists, polygamy rights WIN-WIN solution

On August 19, 2009, consenting-adult pro-polygamists throughout America are celebrating "Polygamy Day 9." 

August   19th   is   the   official   date   of   Polygamy   Day   ®,   a   U.S.   registered   trademark   of   the   non-profit   Polygamy   Day,   Inc.     The   first   Polygamy   Day   ®   was   celebrated   on   August   19,   2001.     Every   year   thereafter,   supporters   of   polygamy   rights   for   consenting-adults   have   been   able   to   celebrate   this   annual   date,   whether   from   secular,   Christian,   Jewish,   Muslim,   Mormon   or   any   other   background.   As   the   first   celebration   occurred   in   "Year   1"   of   the   new   millennium,   it   was   called,   "Polygamy   Day   1."     Each   subsequent   Polygamy   Day   ®   from   then   on   was   labeled   in   the   same   numerical   way,   right   on   up   to   the   current   "Polygamy   Day   9"   on   August   19,   2009. 
Over   the   year   preceding   "Polygamy   Day   9,"   a   number   of   hope-inspiring   situations   gave   pro-polygamists   reasons   to   celebrate. 
On   November   4,   2008,   Barack   Obama   was   elected   as   the   very   first   African   American   U.S.   President.     With   political   parties   and   differences   aside,   the   fact   that   an   African   American   man   had   actually   been   elected   president   gave   hope   to   consenting-adult   polygamous   Americans   of   all   political   backgrounds.     As   an   op-ed   at   noted,   "While   this   pinnacle   of   achievement   proves   that   African   Americans'   freedom   from   oppression   and   tyranny   has   been   ultimately   obtained,   pro-polygamists   also   celebrate   it   with   hope   for   the   same   future   freedom   of   polygamous   Americans...     Now   that   African   Americans   have   successfully   traveled   that   amazing   road   from   oppression   to   president,   then   consenting-adult   polygamous   Americans   can   do   it   too." 
Three   weeks   later,   National   Polygamy   Advocate   Mark   Henkel's   arguments   had   observably   broken   through   to   the   Intelligentsia.     On   November,   28,   2008,   renowned   libertarian   intellectual,   Patri   Friedman,   had   specifically   written   more   than   once   about   Henkel's   arguments   for   limited   government   and   laissez   faire   marital   economics.     Patri   Friedman   is   the   son   of   academic   economist   and   contributing   editor   to   LIBERTY   magazine,   David   Friedman,   and   he   is   the   grandson   of   Nobel   Prize   winning,   free   market   economist,   Milton   Friedman.     REASON   magazine   reported   in   July   2009   how   Patri   is   continuing   the   Friedman   intellectual   heritage.     Patri   Friedman   has   been   published   by   the   CATO   Institute   and   has   even   received   a   $500,000   donation   from   Peter   Thiel,   the   founder   of   PayPal,   for   Friedman’s   "Seasteading   Institute,"   a   unique   experiment   for   securing   libertarian   freedom.     With   such   an   elite   background   and   set   of   credentials,   Patri   Friedman   discovered   and   totally   comprehended   Mark   Henkel's   media-reported   arguments   that   the   marital   socialism   of   one-man/one-woman   incentivizes   lazy   males   not   to   improve   their   husband-qualities   in   the   marriage   market,   thereby   depriving   many   women   of   decidedly   good   husbands.     Praising   what   he   called   Henkel's   "great   point,"   Friedman   exclaimed   to   his   readers,   "What   a   great   argument!   Monogamy   as   marriage   marxism,   polygamy   as   competition.   Doesn't   mean   you   have   to   seek   multiple   partners   for   yourself   -   but   I   buy   the   case   that   it's   a   more   libertarian   institution."     Exactly!     Patri   Friedman’s   "getting   it"   so   exactly   is   proof   that   Henkel's   argumentation   is   truly   breaking   through   to   the   elite   intellectual   circles. 
Not   only   that,   but   Henkel's   name   had   even   become   a   source   of   competition   for   the   media   this   past   year,   as   well.     On   June   9,   2009,   reported   how   they   were   trying   to   ask   President   Barack   Obama   what   he   specifically   thought   about   the   National   Polygamy   Advocate,   Mark   Henkel   -   by   name.       While   the   White   House   denied   them   the   opportunity   to   ask   the   question,   it   was   clear   that   the   anti-liberal   news   source   was   competing   to   "scoop"   the   story   before   anyone   else.     When   the   time   is   right,   their   competitive   motivation   reveals   that   they   can   be   expected   to   try   again. 
In   May   and   June,   2009,   the   State   legislatures   of   Maine   and   New   Hampshire   both   respectively   passed   a   new   law   for   same   sex   marriage.     For   years,   pro-polygamists   had   been   forewarning   marriage   controllers   that   relying   on   anti-republican   "democracy"   –   i.e.,   majoritarian   collectivism   –   to   liberally   re-define   marriage   as   one-man/one-woman   would   backfire   one   day,   as   later   pro-homosexual   majorities   could   "democratically"   re-define   marriage   for   same   sex   marriage   the   same   way.     As   Maine   and   New   Hampshire   became   the   first   two   states   to   legislatively   codify   same   sex   marriage   without   court   compulsion,   those   two   States   proved   that   the   forewarning   was   correct.     As   the   new   laws   further   expand   government   and   marriage   re-definitions,   such   losses   for   supposed-to-be   conservatives   actually   pave   the   way   for   those   current   marriage   controllers   -   as   they   keep   losing   more   and   more   of   the   political   battles   -   to   eventually   return   to   their   true   conservatism   and   thereby   embrace   the   polygamy   rights   win-win   solution   of   limited   government   instead. 
An   entirely   separate,   yet     unintended,   consequence   of   the   passage   of   Maine's   new   same   sex   marriage   law   was   the   unexpected   creation   of   a   powerfully   effective   video   for   use   as   an   internet   tool   for   polygamy   rights.   The   new   video   was   quite   a   serendipity   indeed!   During   the   public   debate   prior   to   the   passage   of   that   new   law   in   Maine,   the   National   Polygamy   Advocate,   Mark   Henkel   -   being   a   Maine   resident   himself   -   attended   the   committee's   official   Public   Hearing   on   April   22,   2009.       After   hours   of   testimonies   from   the   two   sides   (YES   vs.   NO),   Mark   Henkel   gave   his   own   testimony   as   NEITHER   FOR   NOR   AGAINST   -   outing   the   obvious   hypocrisy   of   both   sides.     Exposing   how   the   YES   side   was   not   ending   discrimination   as   claimed,   and   how   the   NO   side   was   equally   re-defining   marriage   with   the   unbiblical   one-man/one-woman   invention,   Henkel   proposed   the   polygamy   rights   win-win   solution   for   ending   the   marriage   debate.     Excited   for   a   workable   proposal   whereby   both   sides   could   "get"   a   win,   many   people   went   up   to   him   afterward,   saying   that   they   really   could   support   that   win-win   solution.     Even   so,   the   new   law   still   passed.     Consequently,   however,   an   unknown   attendee   captured   Mark   Henkel's   speech   on   video   and   posted   it   to   YouTube.     Pro-polygamists   who   have   seen   the   video   rejoiced,   being   glad   to   have   such   a   truly   effective   internet   tool   for   promoting   polygamy   rights. 
With   these   situations   bringing   polygamists'   freedom   closer   to   actuality,   consenting-adult   pro-polygamists   throughout   America   undoubtedly   have   great   reason   to   rejoice   with   legitimate   hope   while   celebrating   this   August   19,   2009   -     "Polygamy   Day   9." 


Bibliographic URLs:

Polygamy Day, Inc. 
Obama's Historic Election Gives Hope to Polygamous Americans 
Patri Friedman 
David Friedman, contributing editor at LIBERTY magazine 
Milton Friedman 
REASON reports of Milton, David, and Patri Friedman 
CATO Institute 
Peter Thiel 
Patri Friedman: Polygamy is the next civil rights movement? 
Patri Friedman: Polygamy for libertarians: monogamy = marriage marxism? 
WND AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Door slammed on marriage equality question 
Maine’s "Same Sex Marriage" Law "Discriminates" Against Polygamy 
NH’s "Same Sex Marriage" Law "Discriminates" Against Polygamy 
Conservative Elite's Majoritarian Collectivism got Democrats Elected 
The Polygamy Rights WIN-WIN Solution 
Mark Henkel testifies at Maine same sex marriage hearing, Apr. 22, 2009 

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