I just had breakfast at the Best Western Cottontree in Provo, and will be travelling up to SLC today for Sunstone. As I read the SL Tribune, I saw that Tom Green has just been released from prison. Apparently he will live in a quadplex with his four remaining wives (the fifth has bailed in the meantime, and it is a condition of his parole that he have no contact with either her or her five children).
He will only be allowed to cohabit with his legal wife; the others are close so that he can be a father to his many children. But he is not permitted to sleep with them; this would be a violation of his parole, and he could be sent back to prison for doing so.
Someone (I forget who, possibly his attorney) wondered what the state’s interest is in preventing him from having a series of what amounts to extramarital affairs, particularly since his legal wife would know and consent? The state counters that, while normally it does not act against simple polygamous relationships, this is a different case. Tom was convicted in part for bigamy, and allowing him to live as man and wife with his other spiritual wives would be a violation of his parole.
Tom indicates that he has every intention of abiding by the conditions of his parole, and his wives have expressed the same so as to keep him out of prison. But I can imagine it might be difficult, since he will be living under the same roof with three other women he considers to be his wives.
So what do you think about this? Should the state insist on no sex, or should it not care? Discuss. (I’m travelling so will not be able to check in on this thread until later.)