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by Hannah Leitheiser

Polygamy Legislation

Secrets and Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy

Sanjiv Bhattacharya




Reading a book on the Mormons. Segments of the Mormon faith maintain that polygamy is necessary, although the mainstream church disavows the practice (may it be a given that mainstream faith will obey all laws).

From a certain logical standpoint, the laws against polygamy are at least inconsistent. In most states, it's not a crime -- or not much of one -- to take a mistress, so in the case of polygamy, it's not the behavior, but the semantics that are being legislated and punished.

I'm surprised to see there are some states where adultery is a felony. Vengeful ex's with money to burn on lawyers: take note. No need to "[take a] Louisville slugger to both headlights," when you can have him put in prison.