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Big (Gay) Love: Has the IRS Legalized Polygamy?

March 26, 2015

93 N.C. L. Rev. Addendum 1 (2014) 


Bigamy and polygamy are perennial participants in the parade of horribles organized by opponents of LGBT rights. To halt this parade, LGBT rights supporters argue that same-sex marriage is different from-and will not lead to-plural marriage. The purpose of this advocacy is to open the door to marriage just enough to allow same-sex couples to enter-and then to quickly close the door before any of the participants in the parade of horribles can slip in behind them. Notwithstanding their efforts, it seems that LGBT rights supporters inadvertently left the door open just a crack. 



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