The next ‘civil rights’ movement.
Given the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, a Lockwood family is now looking to solidify rights of its own.
We first told you about the Colliers in January of 2015 when the polygamist family appeared on an episode of the TLC show, “Sister Wives.”
The polyamorous movement is a national push to allow marriage between multiple partners.
Nathan Collier and his two wives, Vicki and Christine, said Tuesday that they are simply looking for equality.Nathan is legally married to Vicki, but also wants to legally wed Christine.
On Tuesday, Nathan and Christine traveled to the Yellowstone County Courthouse to see if they would be awarded the right to marry under the Marriage Equality Act.
Polygamy is illegal under Montana state law, and recognized as a misdemeanor offense.
“We just want to add legal legitimacy to an already happy, strong, loving family,” said Nathan.
As the two filled out their marriage application they were met with questions.
“There’s a spot on there where you put the dissolution date of your previous marriage and we put ‘not applicable,'” said Christine.
In fact, the couple was met with varied reaction from employees, who were caught off guard.
“So, are you legally married, you didn’t get divorced?” asked one clerk.
“We’ll have to deny that, let me go grab the other supervisor real quick so I can get confirmation but as far as I’m aware you can’t be married to two people at the same time,” said another clerk.
The Colliers were initially denied the license, and the clerk later returned to tell the couple that they would have to check with the Montana Attorney General’s office.