(TEC Priest) Danielle Tumminio—How I learned to love polygamy

Posted by Kendall Harmon

When I heard a federal judge struck down part of Utah’s polygamy law last week, I gave a little squeal of delight.

To be clear, I'm an Episcopal priest, not a polygamist. But I've met the family who brought the suit, and these people changed how I think about plural marriage.

Read it all.

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Posted December 20, 2013 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Pb wrote:

It is all about what I think.

December 20, 8:45 am | [comment link]
2. Chris wrote:

once was the day that this would have been parody, how far we have come (regressed)....

December 20, 10:13 am | [comment link]
3. Franz wrote:

This was the most amazing quote. 

“I also believe there are theoretical reasons why, as a Christian, it makes sense to support healthy polygamous practices. It’s a natural extension for those Christians who support same-sex marriage on theological grounds.” 

Remember when those who warned against SSM on those very grounds were called alarmists?

“But even for those opposed to same-sex marriage, polygamy is documented in the Bible, thereby giving its existence warrant.”

So, according to this priestess, if it is mentioned in the Bible, is must be OK.  Would she extend that reasoning to the proposition that we should stone adulteresses?  After all, the stoning of adulteresses is documented in the Bible, which would “give its existence warrant.”

December 20, 12:14 pm | [comment link]
4. Milton wrote:

#3 Since the burning of children alive to Moloch is also mentioned in the Bible, can Tumminio’s tolerance for it be far behind?  Especially if she meets some actual Moloch worshippers who turn out to be nice, decent, tolerant and enlightened people, like all good Episcopalieans?  Perhaps a “generous pastoral provision” could be made? /sarcasam (but perhaps too soon too horribly real?)

December 20, 12:39 pm | [comment link]
5. TomRightmyer wrote:

According to the Clerical Directory she was born born NYC 1981, Yale BA 03, BDS at Yale MDiv 06, PhD Boston 12, Deacon 2010, Priest 2011 Connecticut, Quincy Mass 2011, Lincoln Mass 2012, Redeemer Lexington Mass 2012 and following. Married 2010 Eric Hansen.

December 20, 2:07 pm | [comment link]
6. Terry Tee wrote:

Polygamy is not multiple spouses but one man, many wives.  I was going to write a parody here, commending polyandry (one woman, many husbands - found among the Tibetans in the past and possibly also Eskimos.)  I was going to spoof justify it in terms of limiting population increase, etc, but then mournfully thought to myself that it was just the kind of line that someone in TEC would take in all seriousness.  Reality all too often overtakes parody.

December 20, 4:40 pm | [comment link]
7. Pageantmaster ن [Repent Justin Welby] wrote:

I believe that is called Johnson’s First Law of Episcopal Thermodynamics, Father Tee

December 20, 7:42 pm | [comment link]
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