Utah Senate votes to unanimously decriminalize polygamy

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  1. Rivercard

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    Utah Senate votes to unanimously decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults

    Source: Reuters

    BY JENNIFER DOBNER REUTERS
    Posted February 18, 2020 4:29 pm
    Updated February 18, 2020 4:38 pm

    The Utah state Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to effectively decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults, approving a bill to reduce the penalty for plural marriage from a felony to an infraction on par with a traffic ticket.

    The Republican-sponsored bill easing the law on polygamy, a practice with deep religious roots in the predominantly Mormon Western state, now moves to the Utah House of Representatives, where it is likely to face greater resistance.

    Under current law, the practice of polygamy in Utah – typically involving a man who cohabitates with and purports to marry more than one wife – is treated as a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

    If the newly passed Senate bill becomes law, punishments for plural marriage would be limited to fines of up to US$750 and community service. No jail time could be imposed.

    Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/6565225/utah-senate-polygamy-decriminalized/
     
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    Obviously no one should be coerced into such an arrangement, especially minors, but other than that I don't see a problem with this. If we were talking about a marriage union of three men or three women, no one on the left would bat an eye. So what's the problem with a larger heterosexual marriage?
     
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    It's cheaper to bundle. ;)
     
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    As long as they are consenting, nothing. But generally in these cases they aren't. The second wife may agree, but usually the first doesn't get a say.


    Legally, Gay marriage was easy to fit into our existing legal structure - still two people. With Polygamy, if they want a legal basis, it becomes much more difficult. As it is now, the second, or third etc wife aren't legally married, and the first wife is the legal spouse.
     
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    There is no correlation to gay marriage and the two shouldn't be discussed together like there is.

    As Jon points out the issues that marriage helps solve is a lot more complicated with polygamy and there isn't a good legal framework in place to handle it.

    As for polygamy on the whole. I don't see a downside to decriminalization.

    No need to push them into the shadows and it's not like the more compound types have been dissuaded.

    Child abuse remains illegal, as does tax fraud, welfare fraud, etc.
     
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    Polygamy, yikes. I've been married 4 times. I can't imagine being married to all of them at the same time. They'd probably draw and quarter me and leave me hanging in the garage.
     
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    I couldnt care less about polygamy between consenting adults.

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    And if she wanted a boyfriend?
     
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    Not caring about types of polygamy or people's sexuality preference doesn't mean I'd happily have any kind of polyamorous relationships. So, no, not for me. Although, if that were important, I wouldn't stop anyone from leaving to go find what's important

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    Just think, you could have married them all at once and saved $$ on the divorce!
     
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