Faces Of The Day


Earlier today, I posted a discovery by Kevin Sessums: a photograph of one of Brigham Young's sons in drag in 1901. Two readers noted a striking resemblance to Steve Young, the football player. And in fact, Young is a great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young. Strong genes, no? And wouldn't he look great in a dress?

Brigham Young, by the way, announced the revelation of the divine call to restore the polygamy of the Old Testament in 1852 thus:

It has been a long time publicly known, and in fact was known during his life, that Joseph had more than one wife…We could not have proclaimed this principle a few years ago; everything must abide its time, but I am now ready to proclaim it. This revelation has been in my possession for many years, and who knew it? No one, except those whose business it was to know it. I have a patent lock to my writing-desk, and nothing gets out of it that ought not to get out of it. Without the doctrine which this revelation makes known to us, no one could raise himself high enough to become a god.

As for monogamy, this was Young's take:

this monogamic order of marriage, so esteemed by modern Christians as a holy sacrament and divine institution, is nothing but a system established by a set of robbers…

No one could accuse him of hypocrisy! Update from a reader:

Hey, now. Dragging Steve Young into this isn't going to do you any good.  I mean, you posted on how he was a Prop 8 opponent way back when.  Give the man some credit.