Well, this week’s opinion piece is going to be weird, and I’m sure I’ll be met with a ton of criticism, but I couldn’t stomach to write another Trump article or even touch the Women’s March.

We are going to talk about polygamy. Why polygamy? Because there’s literally not much else going on in the world that I have formed an educated opinion on, and plus a lot of you have probably seen the show in question, Sister Wives.

The family who has their own TV show called Sister Wives is comprised of a husband and now four wives. Technically the guy is only legally married to one gal, but “spiritually” he is married to the others. They have gone through many lengths including suing the state of Utah for declaring that this family is not allowed to cohabitate. They sent a petition to the Supreme Court, and it got shut down.


Hear me out. I know a lot of my readers believe in traditional marriage, but in some communities, particularly and historically in the Church of Latter-Day Saints although it is a practice that has been banished from the church. All of this happened in Utah … a state that is now denying five consenting adults the right to live how they please.

The Supreme Court even backed Utah up on this, but was the Supreme Court wrong?

I do not think so. I’ll be pretty clear with you all, since I have been writing for The Gazette, I have transformed from a socially liberal Republican to a through and through libertarian, and I’m not sorry about it. I’ve never felt more confident in my political thought and practice than I do now. My views don’t necessarily align with either the left or right now, but I can pull principles from both sides that I appreciate and some that I can’t stand.

Polygamy, just like gay marriage, really isn’t anyone’s business. Do I find polygamy odd? Yes, I personally cannot fathom being in a plural marriage.

However, it’s not my business how Sally, Carly, Nancy and Bob down the street live. I am not for polygamy, but I am most certainly for freedom.

I think the Supreme Court did well by allowing Utah its right to decide these things at the state level, but I think Utah is wrong for limiting the freedoms of the people.

The fact of the matter is my opinion is that the government even at the state level has no right to interfere with a contract made between two or more consenting adults. The government cannot and has not been able to control people via moral law, so why even try?

And on top of that, not everyone’s moral code is the same, and by limiting what consenting adults can and cannot do is essentially leading us down a slippery slope that chisels away our freedoms one tiny, miniscule chip at a time.

Amanda Long is a freelance writer for The Gazette-Virginian.