Polygamy Day, Inc.
August 19, 2012, is the TWELFTH Polygamy Day ®.
Many important events have occurred over the previous year, all leading up to this year's celebration of "Polygamy Day ® 12."
In September, 2011, a new Mark Henkel Polygamy YouTube account was begun. This new account initiated the first step to begin the second phase of a long-term public speaking project that had been started the year before. In these speech-videos, National Polygamy Advocate Mark Henkel presents different speeches in front of live, non-polygamous audiences to make the case for the "Polygamy Rights WIN-WIN Solution for ending the marriage debate." Having these videos posted online, supporters of the National Polygamy Rights Movement for Consenting Adults are thereby empowered with essential tools to use in making the case for freedom.
On September 15, 2011, the first 10 polygamy speeches before non-polygamous audiences were individually posted to that new YouTube account each week through November, as Season One.
Starting up again on January 26, 2012, the second 10 polygamy speeches before non-polygamous audiences were individually posted each week through March, as Season Two.
On April 3, 2012, National Polygamy Advocate Mark Henkel made history, presenting a keynote speech at YALE University, titled, "Repeal Anti-Polygamy Laws for Consenting Adults."
On April 22, 2012, the historic speech of the National Polygamy Advocate proposing the "Polygamy Rights Win-Win Solution" at a political Public Hearing in 2009 about same-sex marriage was posted to the new YouTube account on the speech's exact three-year anniversary. Watching this speech is definitely an example of watching history being made.
On June 28, 2012, the U.S.Supreme Court decided the "Obamacare" case. [PDF] Conservatives had been arguing that the "mandate" of President Barack Obama's health care law was unconstitutional because nowhere in the Consititution does the Constitution authorize the federal government to be involved in health care, which means it is therefore prohibited by the 10th Amendment. As pro-polygamists have been reminding conservatives for years, that exact same argument applies to how the federal government is also NOT authorized to be involved in marriage control - which means that criminalizing polygamy for unrelated consenting adults is equally unconstitutional. In its 5-4 Decision on President Obama's health care law, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that "Obamacare" was only constitutional on the basis of the authority to levy a tax on behavior (or non-behavior). But that official Court Decision also explicitly declared and agreed with the conservatives' argument that the law was unconstitutional as a "mandate" in and of itself. (That is, the Court determined that the Constitution's "commerce clause" did not extend to such over-reach of federal government powers.) Hence, the Supreme Court in this case did indeed declare that the federal government may NOT do that which is not specified in the U.S. Constitution, even though it may constitutionally levy taxes. That Decision therefore has a positive and parallel impact for polygamy. Namely, while the Decision would indicate that the federal government may have authority to levy a tax based on marital relationships, the federal government clearly has NEITHER any authority to criminalize the marital relationships of polygamy NOR any authority to "mandate" any one particular form of marriage re-definition such as the unbiblical invention of "one-man/one-woman." So, notwithstanding the "power to tax" result, the very argument that conservatives had successfully made against "Obamacare" equally applies in proving that (totally and generally) federal government mariage control and (more specifically) federal bans against unrelated consenting adult polygamy are also unconstitutional.
With so many news events happening, consenting adult polygamy supporters continue to have much to consider as well as to celebrate on August 19, 2012, "Polygamy Day ® 12."