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(AP) Montana officials have denied a
marriage license to a man who sought to be
legally married to both of his wives after the
U.S . Supreme Court upheld the right of gay
couples to wed.
Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney
Kevin Gillen wrote in his letter Tuesday to
Nathan Collier that the Supreme Court's
ruling last month did not expand the number
of people in a marriage and Montana's anti-
bigamy laws still apply.
Collier, 46, legally wed his first wife,
Victoria, in 2000. He and his second wife,
Christine, held a religious wedding ceremony
in 2007 but did not sign a marriage license.
Nathan and Christine Collier applied for
a marriage license after the Supreme Court
ruling. They were initially denied, but county
clerk officials said they would consult with
the county attorney's office before giving a
Nathan Collier said people in polygamous
relationships deserve marriage equality, and
he is meeting with attorneys with plans to
file a lawsuit.
"They want to lock us in cages because
we wish to marry," Collier said Thursday. "I
could sleep with my wife and procreate out
of wedlock and that would be just fine, but if
I want to marry her, I'm a criminal."
Collier is a former Mormon who was
excommunicated for polygamy and now
belongs to no religious organization. He said
he and his wives hid their relationship for
years but became tired of hiding and went
public by appearing on the reality cable
television show "Sister Wives."
(EDGE) The producers of the new play
"The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey"
announced that civil rights hero Edie Windsor
was the first recipient of the Absolute
Brightness Award. The award is given to a
unique individual who is a shining beacon in
their community, and an inspiration to live as
one's truest self. Ms. Windsor was given the
Absolute Brightness Award after the evening
performance on Thursday, July 16, at the
Westside Theatre, New York.
Edie Windsor has spent most of her adult
life breaking boundaries. Windsor's 40-
year engagement, and finally, marriage to
Dr. Thea Spyer was honored in the critically
acclaimed documentary "Edie & Thea:
A Long Engagement" and her role as the
lead plaintiff in the case of United States v.
Windsor is arguably the most influential legal
precedent in the struggle for LGBT marriage
equality. In its landmark 2013 ruling, the
Supreme Court overturned Section 3 of the
Defense of Marriage Act and was a legal
victory for the same-sex marriage movement
in the United States paving the way for the
U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 ruling legalizing
same-sex marriage nationwide.
"One of the greatest storytellers of his
generation" (New York Times), James
Lecesne portrays every character in a small
Jersey shore town as they unravel the story
of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic
and flamboyant 14 year-old boy who goes
missing. A luminous force of nature whose
magic is only truly felt once he disappears,
Leonard becomes the unexpected inspiration
for a town as they question how they live,
whom they love and what they leave behind.
"Absolute Brightness leaves you beaming
with joy." (New York Times).
Edie Windsor Receives First Absolute
Montana Officials Deny Wedding
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