As Matthew 19:6 says about marriage "So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." but this is precisely what Henry VIII had to do in order for him to make his mistress Anne Boleyn become his Queen.
Ah, but say the Church of England, God did allow divorce in the bible. Well he certainly did as Jesus went on to say in Matthew 19:9 "And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery", that is her sexual immorality not his. The innocent party is allowed to remarry not the guilty one, from what the bible says.
However, we look at the order of events that led up to Henry VIII setting up the Church of England
- Winter 1532 on return from meeting with Francis I of France Henry marries Anne Boleyn in secret
- 25 Jan 1533 Henry marries a pregnant Anne in a second public ceremony
- 23 May 1533 Archbishop Cranmer convenes special court to look at validity of marriage to Catherine of Aragon
- 28 May 1533 Marriage between Henry and Catherine declared null and void (which again is a selective leaving out parts of scripture)
Therefore there were two people who were believed to have been married to Henry VII for over four months. Marriage was redefined and polygamy took place. As stated above divorce for any other reason other than sexual immorality is also seen in the eyes of God as adultery. Therefore there are an awful lot of polygamists around and it is not down to opening marriage to same-sex couples. By the biblical definition which the Church of England Archbishops and Bishops have spoken so adamantly about adhering to polygamy has been going on the this country for almost 500 years, but they decided to turn a relatively blind eye to it.
Therefore the redefinition of marriage came in 1532/3 and it did lead to polygamy. Don't blame it on those of us who are LGB.