Wait a minute...this is Utah!
A small-town judge who has three wives should not be removed from the bench because his private behavior has not tarnished the office he holds, the judge's attorney told the Utah Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Judge Walter Steed was found to be a polygamist by the state's Judicial Conduct Commission, and the panel issued an order seeking his removal from the bench in February.
Steed legally married his first wife in 1965, according to court documents. The second and third wives were married -- or "sealed" as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints refers to it -- to him in religious ceremonies in 1975 and 1985. The three women are sisters.Whoa! This guy is a Mormon just like our Governor Romney and same sex marriages only went into effect in 2004????? How can this be? That's right, the Bible says that a man can have many wives, foolish me. Well, anyhow, bigamy is a third-degree felony in Utah punishable by up to five years in prison, so this guy is definitely going to prison:
Ah, one again, special rights for heterosexuals. BTW, Utah passed Amendment 3 in November 2004 banning same sex couples from getting married. It says marriages are between a man and a woman (notice that they didn't put in how many women!) It seems he had one "legal" marriage and two more spiritual marriages.
In court Wednesday, the justices focused on two issues: whether Steed's conduct
impugns the judicial office and whether he should be removed from the bench if
he has not been criminally tried and convicted of bigamy.
Both the Utah attorney general and the Washington County prosecutor have declined to prosecute Steed.