Polygamists nationwide are cheering the Supreme Courtâ€™s rulings on Wednesday, which paved the way for gay marriage in California and federal recognition for married same-sex couples.
â€œI was very glad,â€ polygamist Anne Wilde told Buzzfeed on Wednesday. â€œThe nuclear family, with a dad and a mom and two or three kids, is not the majority anymore. Now itâ€™s grandparents taking care of kids, single parents, gay parents. I think people are more and more understanding that as consenting adults, we should be able to raise a family however we choose.â€
Joe Darger, a Utah-based polygamist who has three wives, told Buzzfeed that the court â€œhas taken a step in correcting some inequality, and thatâ€™s certainly something thatâ€™s going to trickle down and impact us.â€
Anita Wagner Illig, head of the group Practical Polyamory, told U.S. News & World Report that the Supreme Court had set a welcome precedent.
â€œWe polyamorists are grateful to our brothers and sisters for blazing the marriage equality trail,â€ she said. â€œI would absolutely want to seek multi-partner marriage â€” it would eliminate a common challenge polyamorists face when two [people] are legally married and others in their group relationships arenâ€™t part of that marriage.â€
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