Saturday, May 1, 2010

Father Persecuted for Belief in Polygamy

From the Salt Lake Tribune comes a story by Brooke Adams about a father who is being discriminated against.

Joseph Compton doesn't like the label "Fundamentalist Mormon." Instead, he prefers to describe himself as believing in "the gospel like Joseph Smith originally wrote it," which includes the religious tenet of plural marriage.

But that belief has put him outside the law, 4th District Judge Donald J. Eyre said in a ruling last fall that gave Kathleen Compton temporary custody of the couple's four minor children, who range in age from 5 to 16. They also have four adult children.

Eyre ordered Joseph Compton, 49, to not "discuss polygamy or plural marriage with the minor children, allow the children to be in close proximity to those [other than himself] who practice polygamy or plural marriage or who aid or abet those who do."

Eyre also barred Compton, a farmer, from taking the children within the incorporated boundaries of Rocky Ridge, a community located in Juab County. Many residents of the community are fundamentalists who practice plural marriage.

Outrageous. I’m glad he’s fighting this, and speaking up about it.

"You first have to come at this with the understanding that bigamy is a felony, and if you know anything about Rocky Ridge you'll understand that it is a well-known haven for bigamists," he said. "Polygamy is a felony and it is in the best interest of children to keep them away from that kind of conduct."

Keep the children away because it is against the law. But why it is against the law? Bigotry. I’m so glad younger generations embrace marriage equality. But we can’t wait. We need marriage equality now.
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1 comment:

  1. Hawaii has moved in the right direction.

    My coming out 1997, as a gay Catholic priest was not about me. Like Galileo, all I have is a little piece of truth about the facts of growing up gay.

    Marriage Equality will not become a reality until people learn that its most vital purpose is that it restores the hope of love to children in early childhood essential to their development and wellbeing for life. Without Marriage Equality we teach children how to hate love and how to be mean and indifferent to people as adults. With all due respect, without Marriage Equality we would teach them in much the same way as has been shown by Benedict XVI and the hierarchy, especially in their lack of care and protection of children for decades.

    Benedict XVI and the hierarchy failure to accept responsibility for decades of child sexual abuse cover-ups have finally caught up with them. These last couple of months have been and continues to be a critical time to put out valid information about human sexuality, to be the voice of sanity and clarity and not allow misinformation about sexual orientation to be associated falsely with the child sexual abuse cases and cover-ups that are overwhelming the Church at the highest level right now. It is possible that campaigns against Marriage Equality have been a vehicle to convey certain people into political office as well as to maintain cover-ups in the Church hierarchy regarding decades of child sexual abuse. Moreover, the misuse of Marriage Equality can be severely harmful to children who grow up to be gay. Some Church and State leaders can be so inhuman in their efforts to gain power that they tend to care less that kids are being hurt!!!

    Fr. Marty Kurylowicz, Thalamus Center, Early Childhood Psychological Development – Canton MI


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