Montana Polygamists Demand ‘Marriage Equality’

A Montana man applies for a marriage license so he can legally marry his second wife, saying he was inspired by last week’s Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage.

Reports The Associated Press (see also related Charles W. Cooke column at National Review Online):

A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.

Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy – holding multiple marriage licenses – but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied.

“It’s about marriage equality,” Collier told The Associated Press Wednesday. “You can’t have this without polygamy.”


Collier said he is a former Mormon who was excommunicated for polygamy and now belongs to no religious organization. He said he and his wives hid their relationship for years, but became tired of hiding and went public by appearing on the reality cable television show “Sister Wives.”

CBS affiliate KTVQ first interviewed the couple back in January when they appeared on TLC.

“We just want to add legal legitimacy to an already happy, strong, loving family,” Nathan Collier told KTVQ.