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#LoveWins? Look Into the Faces of the Oppressed

To paraphrase Justice Kennedy’s Hallmark card Supreme Court opinion, what now happens when a lonely person calls and he finds two people there? Well, if he lives in the United Hates of America, he gets the boot heel of oppression. Montana’s KRTV has the shocking details:

Given the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, a Lockwood family is now looking to solidify rights of its own.

Nathan Collier and his two wives, Vicki and Christine, said Tuesday that they are simply looking for equality. Nathan is legally married to Vicki, but also wants to legally wed Christine.

On Tuesday, Nathan and Christine traveled to the Yellowstone County Courthouse to see if they would be awarded the right to marry under the Marriage Equality Act.

Polygamy is illegal under Montana state law, and recognized as a misdemeanor offense.

Yes, you read that correctly. In Montana, love is a misdemeanor. Read the county clerks’ horrifying reaction.

“So, are you legally married, you didn’t get divorced?” asked one clerk.

“We’ll have to deny that, let me go grab the other supervisor real quick so I can get confirmation but as far as I’m aware you can’t be married to two people at the same time,” said another clerk.

The polygamists have forever enjoyed a “natural right to group marriage,” but in America you need a natural right and a poster child to make social progress. Now we have three. Stare into these eyes (and at that cowboy hat) and try to tell them their love is illegal:

David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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