Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Montana man applies for marriage license to have two wives

On Wednesday, Nathan Collier of Billings, Montana applied for a marriage license so he can legally marry his second wife. Collier said the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage has inspired him to force the acceptance of polygamous marriages.

"It's about marriage equality. You can't have this without polygamy," Collier said.

Collier married his first wife, Victoria, in 2000. He and his second wife, Christine, had a religious wedding ceremony in 2007 but didn’t sign a marriage license. You may recognize the three after recently appearing on the reality cable television show “Sister Wives.”

Officials in Yellowstone County denied Collier's application on Tuesday.

"So, are you legally married, you didn't get divorced?" asked one clerk.

"We'll have to deny that, let me go grab the other supervisor real quick so I can get confirmation but as far as I'm aware you can't be married to two people at the same time," said another clerk.

However, Yellowstone County has since decided to consult with the county attorney before giving Collier a final answer after he threatened to sue if his marriage application is denied.

When asked by Pundit Press about Collier's marriage application, the Montana Attorney General's office cited two sections of Montana law, stating polygamy is illegal.

"My second wife Christine, who I'm not legally married to, she's put up with my crap for a lot of years.

"We just want to add legal legitimacy to an already happy, strong, loving family.

"All we want is legal legitimacy. We aren't asking anybody for anything else. We just want to give our marriage and our family the legitimacy that it deserves," Nathan said.

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