After the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage last week, one Montana man became inspired to apply for a marriage license — so he can legally marry his second wife!
On Tuesday, Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in hopes of legitimizing their polygamous marriage!
All 50 states outlaw holding multiple marriage licenses, but in light of recent constitutional changes, Collier declares he will plan to sue if their application is denied! He said:
“It’s about marriage equality. You can’t have this without polygamy.”
Chief Justice John Roberts said in his dissent on Friday’s ruling that people in polygamous relationships could make similar arguments as same sex couples did – which is what inspired Collier to challenge county clerk officials into pushing his application.
The 46-year-old married his first wife in 2000, then had a religious wedding ceremony in 2007 to his second wife — but held off on signing a marriage license to avoid bigamy charges.
The former Mormon and his wives hid their relationship for years until they appeared on the TLC show Sister Wives!
The three have seven children of their own and from former relationships. Collier explains that they are just seeking legitimacy in their relationship, saying:
“My second wife Christine, who I’m not legally married to, she’s put up with my crap for a lot of years. She deserves legitimacy. We’re not even asking for acceptance, we’re just asking for tolerance. Let us live our lives together without fear.”
Collier is waiting on the status of his application, as the county clerk officials are meeting with the county attorney before giving him a final answer.
Do YOU think a second marriage license will be granted?
[Image via Nathan Collier/Facebook.]