(Willard) Mitt Romney—2012 Republican presidential candidate, a lifelong Mormon who boasts of having one wife, defines marriage as between “one man and one woman.”
Mitt Romney has publicly stated he follows the faith of his fathers—but he distances himself from the polygamous lifestyle that was freely chosen on an eternal note by many of his Mormon forefathers. According to Mormon records, polygamous unions galore can be found on the paternal lines—and one maternal line—of Romney’s direct ancestry.
Mitt Romney has openly condemned polygamy. During a “Sixty Minutes” interview with Mike Wallace in 2007, Romney said he couldn’t imagine anything more “awful” than polygamy, and was quick to insist The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) outlawed the practice over a century ago. As a devout Mormon, Romney must accept Mormon founder, Joseph Smith, as a prophet of God. It should be questioned why Mitt Romney is so critical of a foundational Mormon practice that was introduced by Smith.
Polygamy remains an underlying—behind-the-scenes—belief of mainstream Mormonism today. Through plural marriage “sealings” in a worldwide network of temples, Mormons feed their beliefs that God is a polygamist and that polygamy for worthy Mormons is an everlasting principle. Along with monogamous unions, polygamous rites occur on a regular basis in Mormon temples, usually by proxy for deceased male or female adults.
To further polygamy in the afterlife, some Mormons are performing additional plural marriage ceremonies for well-known Mormon polygamists. In 2011, early Mormon leader, Brigham Young, who was possibly married to as many as 57 wives, when he was living, was sealed by proxy in Mormon temples to scores of dead women. Mitt Romney’s ancestors are still being subjected to polygamous rites: Miles Romney, a great-great-grandfather of Mitt Romney, is in the process of being “sealed” to a 14th spouse.
Officials of the LDS Church recently installed a firewall in their genealogical database, New FamilySearch, which contains details of Mormon rites for dead people, including millions of polygamous ceremonies. The latest security move places Mormon records—which were already off-limits to the public before the firewall—securely under lock and key. Researchers are now prevented from monitoring controversial temple data. Since the database restrictions, at least one New FamilySearch log-in was blocked, after it was used to check polygamous sealings in progress for two of Mitt Romney’s direct male ancestors. These records are virtually inaccessible. Polygamy for the dead is under wraps.
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