Utah Senate votes to unanimously decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults

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Utah Senate votes to unanimously decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults

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19.2.2020

Utah Senate votes to unanimously decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults

The bill, which now moves to the state's House of Representatives, aims to reduce the penalty for plural marriage from a felony to an infraction on par with a traffic ticket.

Watch harrowing rescue of women buried by avalanche Story continues below advertisement The chief sponsor of the measure, Senator Diedre Henderson, said the intent of the bill is not to legalize polygamy but to lower the penalties so that those from polygamous communities who are victims of crimes can come forward without fear of being prosecuted themselves. 1:45 High-profile polygamists sentenced High-profile polygamists sentenced The legislation also would make it easier for otherwise law-abiding polygamists to obtain access to critical services such as medical or mental health care, education or even employment without fear. Opponents of decriminalization say the current law should not be changed because polygamy is inherently dangerous and harmful to women and children, particularly young girls, some of whom have been forced into marriages with older men. 0:52 Judge rejects Blackmore and Oler’s challenge of polygamy laws Judge rejects Blackmore and Oler’s challenge of polygamy laws Polygamy is a remnant of the early teachings of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members fled persecution over the practice to settle the Utah territory in 1847. The church disavowed polygamy in 1890 as a condition of Utah statehood, and today members of the faith found to be practicing plural marriage are excommunicated. Fundamentalist Mormons, said to number more than 30,000 across the Western United States, believe they are adhering to the truest form of Mormon doctrine, which promises polygamists glorification in heaven. © 2020 Reuters Read more: Globalnews.ca

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