Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Family Values

Before the president gets all wound up about us queers “redefining marriage,” he ought to check out these folks.

SALT LAKE CITY — The first temple of a reclusive polygamous Mormon splinter group appears to be nearing completion in a sparsely populated Texas county.

The temple stands on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ compound south of San Angelo. The polygamous group remains silent on the project or its progress.

Originally, the Schleicher County Sheriff was told that the YFZ Ranch was a hunting retreat, but he later learned that it stood for “Yearning for Zion.”

Since then, homes, a meeting house, gardens, a quarry and a grain silo have been built.

One of the largest homes is believed to belong to church leader Warren Jeffs, who’s on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. He’s accused of arranging polygamous marriages involving child brides.