(WND) -- The movement to legalize multi-partner marriage got a huge boost with this week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the federal government must give benefits to same-sex married partners, according to advocates of polygamy.
“We polyamorists are grateful to our brothers and sisters for blazing the marriage equality trail,” Anita Wagner Illig told U.S. News and World Report.
“I would absolutely want to seek multi-partner marriage — it would eliminate a common challenge polyamorists face when two are legally married and others in their group relationships aren’t part of that marriage,” she said.
Illig, head of the group Practical Polyamory, argued it’s a matter of equality – the concept cited by the U.S. court in its decision.
“A favorable outcome for marriage equality is a favorable outcome for multi-partner marriage, because the opposition cannot argue lack of precedent for legalizing marriage for other forms of non-traditional relationships,” she said.
The comments come on the heels of the left-wing of the U.S. Supreme Court deciding that the federal definition of marriage as one man and one woman failed the Constitution’s equality requirement.
Talk show host Glenn Beck immediately forecast that polygamy “wouldn’t be far behind.”
“If you change one variable – man and a woman to man and man, woman and woman, you cannot then tell me that you cannot logically … change the other variable, one man, three women. One woman, four men,” he said.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., made a similar suggestion, saying he was “very concerned” that the court’s ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act as well as California’s Proposition 8 case could lead to legalized polygamy.
He later explained his point was that there soon could be state recognition of marriage without definition.