If Texas authorities are on a crusade against statutory rape, they have far greater concern than the Yearning For Zion Ranch, where pregnant girls live under the supervision of their parents in a state that allows minors to wed adults with parental consent.
And who cares about polygamy laws? They should carry no more weight than laws against homosexual marriage. Eighteen states, including Texas, have statues or constitutional bans against homosexual marriage and they're almost never enforced. Imagine cops smashing down the doors of a Texas home to arrest two women living in marital bliss.
It is worth noting that one has to be age sixteen and voluntarily entering into a monogamous marriage supported by a marriage license application for a parent approved marriage to be valid in Texas (or for it to serve as a bar to statutory rape -- Colorado similarly prohibits minors from entering into common law marriages).
Likewise, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional laws banning private, non-commercial homosexual sex between consenting adults in Lawrence v. Texas even though states are not required to grant the full privilege of marriage to those relationships.
Decades olders married men impregnating multiple thirteen and fourteen years olds who are strongly encouraged and pressued by their parents and community to do so is apparently right in line with the Colorado Springs values of the The Colorado Springs Gazette. Who knew that pimping was a family value?
There are also, of course, no cases in which two women living together in marital bliss have produced an unwed teen pregnancy, and I can think of any such relationships that have been coerced into being by parents or a religious community.
Then there is what Colorado House Republican leader Mike May has to say about the Republican State Representative from Colorado Springs:
Douglas Bruce might be the worst legislator in the history of Colorado.
Reagan's Eleventh Commandment is dead and gone too, or maybe it has a Doug Bruce exception.