a polygamist who has allegedly 20 wives is on trial in canada, obviously on charges of polygamy.
Blackmore, 52, is scheduled to appear in court in Creston on Wednesday on a charge of practising a form of polygamy. James Oler, 44, a religious rival of Blackmore’s in the Creston-area community of Bountiful where both men live, also faces a charge of polygamy.
Blackmore said in an e-mail to The Canadian Press, Nelson lawyer Blair Suffredine will represent him in court on Wednesday. Suffredine is a former member of Premier Gordon Campbell’s Liberal government.
“It’s pretty hard to justify why gay marriage is OK and polygamy’s not,’’ Suffredine said. “The truth is he claims this is part of his religion.’’
The men are leaders in a breakaway offshoot of the Mormon church. The group has communities in Bountiful, B.C., Arizona, Texas and Utah and they adhere to the practice of multiple marriage originated by Mormon founder Joseph Smith but renounced by the mainstream Mormon church more than a century ago as a condition of statehood in the U.S.
so, does he have a case, at least based on current canadian law? isnt this exactly what people said would happen if ‘gay marriages’ were allowed? and how long until they try it here?