Polygamists to open same-sex powder keg

Winston Blackmore plans to use decisions extending marriage to gay couples as part of defence


Will gay marriage work in favour of the polygamists? The mere suggestion stirred strong emotions when same-sex marriage was at the top of the national agenda. Now it’s no longer academic. In emails and interviews with Canadian Press, Winston Blackmore and his lawyer confirm they will cite the decisions extending marriage to gay couples as part of their defence. Blackmore, is accused of having 20 wives at his home in Bountiful, B.C., while his co-accused, James Oler, who faces one count of polygamy. Their legal gambit may backfire, though. Experts have said that same-sex marriage is as likely to work against Blackmore and his co-accused because the court decisions affirm the value of monogamous marriage.

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Polygamists to open same-sex powder keg

  1. I suppose the polygamists have a point if same sex marriage in Canada includes plural unions with underage teens.

  2. You’d be surprised how many people would assume it does. Or maybe not so surprised.

    From Part VIII of the Criminal Code of Canada:

    293. (1) Every one who

    (a) practises or enters into or in any manner agrees or consents to practise or enter into

    (i) any form of polygamy, or

    (ii) any kind of conjugal union with more than one person at the same time,

    whether or not it is by law recognized as a binding form of marriage, or

    (b) celebrates, assists or is a party to a rite, ceremony, contract or consent that purports to sanction a relationship mentioned in subparagraph (a)(i) or (ii),

    is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.