Polygamy: The Next Frontier

first_imgThe American Conservative 18 February 2017Family First Comment: “Remember when all the “Haters” warned a decade or more ago that legalising gay marriage required uncoupling marriage from procreation and basing it on expressive individualism, and that this would open the door to polygamy? Remember how they were all denounced as alarmist bigots?”Here’s the jacket copy for a forthcoming book from the University Press of New England: Legalizing Plural Marriage: The Next Frontier of Family Law, by Emory law professor Mark Goldfeder. A law school librarian sent the link in, saying it was coming to her library:Polygamous marriages are currently recognized in nearly fifty countries worldwide. Although polygamy is technically illegal in the United States, it is practiced by members of some religious communities and a growing number of other “poly” groups. In the radically changing and increasingly multicultural world in which we live, the time has come to define polygamous marriage and address its legal feasibilities.Although Mark Goldfeder does not argue the right or wrong of plural marriage, he maintains that polygamy is the next step—after same-sex marriage—in the development of U.S. family law. Providing a road map to show how such legalization could be handled, he explores the legislative and administrative arguments which demonstrate that plural marriage is not as farfetched—or as far off—as we might think. Goldfeder argues not only that polygamy is in keeping with the legislative values and freedoms of the United States, but also that it would not be difficult to manage or administrate within our current legal system. His legal analysis is enriched throughout with examples of plural marriage in diverse cultural and historical contexts.Tackling the issue of polygamy in the United States from a legal perspective, this book will engage anyone interested in constitutional law, family law, or criminal law, along with sociologists and those who study gender and culture in modern times.Remember when all the Haters™ warned a decade or more ago that legalizing gay marriage required uncoupling marriage from procreation and basing it on expressive individualism, and that this would open the door to polygamy? Remember how they were all denounced as alarmist bigots?Let us recall the Law of Merited Impossibility: It will never happen, and when it does, you bigots will deserve it. I think that the late Antonin Scalia is the patron saint of the Law of Merited Impossibility. In his 2003 Lawrence v. Texas dissent, he pointed out that the Court had opened the legal door to constitutionalizing same-sex marriage. He was right about that, as we saw in the majority ruling in Obergefell. In his Lawrence dissent, Scalia also said this:The Court embraces instead Justice Stevens’ declaration in his Bowers dissent, that “the fact that the governing majority in a State has traditionally viewed a particular practice as immoral is not a sufficient reason for upholding a law prohibiting the practice,” ante, at 17. This effectively decrees the end of all morals legislation. If, as the Court asserts, the promotion of majoritarian sexual morality is not even a legitimate state interest, none of the above-mentioned laws can survive rational-basis review.Polygamy is coming. American society is deconstructing itself.https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/polygamy-the-next-frontier/last_img read more

Wenger gunning for top quality

first_img Chief executive Ivan Gazidis may have talked up the Gunners’ new ”financial firepower” at the end of the last campaign – another which ended without any silverware – but so far the only confirmed signing has been France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo – on a free transfer from Auxerre. Arsenal failed to push through a deal for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain earlier in the summer, and Bayern Munich’s Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo has joined Wolfsburg. While the Gunners continue to pursue Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, the bid would have to be considerably closer to £50million to kickstart negotiations, and with the player back in training with the Reds it appeared a reconciliation had taken place with manager Brendan Rodgers. Lille winger Florian Thauvin is another said to be on Wenger’s radar, as is Romania forward Ciprian Marica following his release by Schalke. Gunners manager Wenger insists it is top quality, not just quantity, which his squad needs for the challenges ahead. “You certainly heard that we are not scared to spend money, but we want the right players,” said Wenger, who confirmed midfielder Mikel Arteta was set for an extended spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury and will miss the Premier League opener against Aston Villa. “At us, Chelsea and Man United, it is difficult to find the quality players to strengthen the team and the squad who are available at the moment, but there are a shortage of top, top, top players who are available. “We look more for quality than for numbers. The first request is to have the quality to play for Arsenal Football Club. Yes, we would like two or three players, if possible more, but we will not compromise on the quality of the players. “I understand every frustration, you have so many frustrated people, but what is important is the quality of what you do on the pitch, so let’s not create a crisis from nothing.” Arteta was one of several deadline-day signings in August 2011, along with German defender Per Mertesacker, who will captain the team on Saturday with Thomas Vermaelen still out because of a stress fracture in his back. While those late moves, which also saw Yossi Benayoun arrive on loan from Chelsea, worked out, Brazilian Andre Santos and South Korean Park Chu-young failed to make an impact. Wenger, though, insisted there would be no last-minute trolley dash this time around, with the transfer window set to finally close on September 2. He said: “The situation is completely different, because a couple of seasons ago we lost two or three players in one game and we had no other option than to buy. “It is maybe more difficult nowadays because there are more quality spenders on the market, especially in France, they have come on the market as well and bought at a very high level, so it is difficult.” Following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Wenger is now the longest-serving manager in the Premier League. The Frenchman, 63, feels this season’s championship could be one of the most open, arguing six teams were good enough to mount a challenge. He said: “You have to consider all the teams that made over 70 points last year have a chance. That’s a benchmark for me – 70 points. “If you make 70 points, it means that there is not a lot of difference between you and the (team that finishes) first.” The full extent of Arteta’s problem is still to be diagnosed, but Wenger did at least receive a boost regarding the fitness of Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. Walcott limped out of England’s 3-2 friendly win over Scotland with a knee injury while Ramsey did not feature for Wales at home to the Republic of Ireland due to an ankle problem. “It could be as long (as six weeks for Arteta), but honestly we don’t know yet. We have to check the severity with the doctor,” Wenger said. Given Wenger has also jettisoned several fringe players this summer to free up the wage bill, Arsenal could find themselves somewhat stretched in terms of numbers ahead of their crucial Champions League play-off against Fenerbahce. “I don’t disagree that we are a bit light at the moment,” the Arsenal boss added. “There are 18 days to go until the end of the transfer market and we are of course looking to strengthen our squad.” Arsene Wenger will not compromise on quality as he looks to bring only “top, top, top players” to Arsenal for the new season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Lonzo Ball suing Big Baller Brand co-founder Alan Foster

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersESPN was first to report that the family first learned last year that $1.5 million was missing from the BBB coffers, which the lawsuit alleges was invested in Ethiopian assets, so Foster could embezzle it and not pay taxes on the cash. It also accuses Foster of starting other companies in Wyoming (where BBB is incorporated) without Ball’s knowledge, botching tax filings, and overcharging for loan referral fees with questionable authenticity.Related Articles Lonzo Ball has since cut ties with Foster, removing him as manager of the company, which recently hosted an All-Star Game for young prospects but whose future is very much in doubt. The company has struggled with customer service and deliveries.According to the lawsuit, Foster has refused to account for the missing money to Ball.Per the ESPN report, Foster owned 16.3 percent of the company, while Lonzo owns 51 percent. LaVar owns 16.4 percent and Lonzo’s mother Tina Ball owns 16.3 percent.Ball traveled with the Lakers on their latest road trip despite being shut down for the year with a left ankle injury. Teammates believe Ball is positioning himself to sign a contract with an established apparel company during the offseason. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs A power schism within Big Baller Brand is headed to the courtroom.Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and Big Baller Brand are suing company co-founder Alan Foster, accusing him of fraud and improperly taking $1.5 million from company accounts to use for his own ends. Filed Tuesday to California Superior Court, the suit seeks more than $2 million in damages.Obtained by The Orange County Register, the court filing lays out the narrative of Foster, who previously pled in 2002 and served almost a decade in prison, as a con artist who intentionally got close to the Ball family for a “fraudulent scheme” to shave off the spoils of Lonzo Ball’s basketball career.The document accuses Foster of misrepresenting himself to the Ball family, particularly patriarch LaVar Ball, who he met in 2010. After Lonzo Ball was drafted by the Lakers in 2017, the lawsuit alleges that he trumped up his business credentials to the family to get them to start Big Baller Brand instead of signing with an established company, then benefited from his control over the corporate accounts. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more