A Utah Senate committee unanimously approved a bill to decriminalize polygamy

Utah is a mostly conservative state, but it's always had a renegade streak.  That streak is polygamy, a belief core to the founders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (AKA the Mormons).  Earlier this week, the Utah Senate's Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee took a step toward decriminalizing polygamy by approving a bill that would reduce it from a felony to an infraction. When Joseph Smith began the Church of Latter-Day Saints, one of its most recognizable components was polygamy.  A well positioned male member of the Mormon faith could have an unlimited number of multiple wives, provided he could support them and their offspring.  Other Americans, especially Republicans, found polygamy appalling, likening it to slavery as a barbaric practice. By 1862, the Republican-led United States Congress made polygamy illegal everywhere in America, including in the territories.  Mormons...(Read Full Post)
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