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Polygamy the 'next major civil rights movement'?

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Beltway Confidential,Mark Tapscott,Columnists,Supreme Court,Analysis,Civil Rights,Family Issues

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., sees Hispanics as "the next major civil rights movement" if the immigration reform he and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., are championing in the Senate fails in the House of Representatives.

Hispanic civil rights activists on the left might want to speak with Schumer about his prediction, especially those who came of age during the years when Caeser Chavez was leading striking United Farm Workers in California. Dolores Huerta and others on Huffpo's Latino Voices pages would no doubt be happy to bring Schumer up to date.

A more likely candidate for being "the next major civil rights movement" is the nascent campaign by polygamists, who, according to Daily Caller's Matt Lewis and BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins, are positively glowing in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decisions Wednesday.

Coppins quotes among other like-minded advocates Joe Darger, a Utah-based polygamist with three wives, saying "we're very happy with it. I think [the court] has taken a step in correcting some inequality, and that's certainly something that's going to trickle down and impact us."

Coppins also passes along some words of caution from the polygamy advocates who don't want to be seen trying to push the process to run before it walks.

Lewis sees the polygamy angle as more or less inevitable, given the logic behind the gay marriage movement:

"In fact, you could argue that there is an even better argument for polygamy than for same sex marriage. For one thing, there's a long tradition (just look at the heroes of the Old Testament.) It's also intimately tied to religious practice, which means that by prohibiting polygamy, we might also be undermining the 'free exercise thereof,'" he observes, with perhaps just a hint of a tongue pointing cheekward.

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