I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to tackle this particular topic, but here goes:
I'm of two minds in regards to this polygamy in Texas thing. First, I think it's not the government's business who you marry, nor how many you choose to marry. That should be a citizen's business, and that of his (or hers, in a fair world) spouses. And I don't think it's the government's business to round up every child in the facility because one of them called 911. Find and rescue that girl. Don't pull every one of those kids away from their mothers and families.
HOWEVER, and on the other hand, if these people are taking away the basic human rights of these girls by marrying them off before they are old enough to make their own decisions, then yes, by all means, give them the freedom that every citizen of this country deserves. (Oh yeah, and show them a different and more flattering way to style their hair.)
It's the lack of freedom to make decisions about their own lives that disturbs me here. I hate cults (because, really, that's what this is) and how they manipulate, destroy and rob their followers (male or female) from making their own choices. And the children sucked into that lifestyle--I'll say it: because their parents are too weak to believe in themselves or their own inner strength and cling to a false deity--are the real victims here. For that, yes, they need protection.
So maybe there should be some kind of cult sign-in sheet with the government? Join a cult, release your children, present and future, into the government's hands until the kids are old enough to decide on their own whether they'd like to hook up with Mom, her husband, and his two other wives, or they'd like to, oh, I don't know, sell cars and eat at Red Robin every Monday night. Truthfully, the whole thing sickens me. So, was the government right or wrong to go in and take every kid younger than 18 years old? Probably not. But better to err on the side of caution, when, it seems, any girl over the age of five (I exaggerate, but for effect) can be married to a 50-year-old man with nothing but a tight ass (or two) on his mind.
See? Conflicted between personal rights and government interference, and government protection and statutory rapists. Rock, meet hard place. Okay, here it is: save the little girls, screw the husbands.