The Legalization Of Polygamy

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The Legalization of Polygamy Sex is one of the most widely controversial topics in America. The subject comes up in multiple situations: dinner parties, coffee dates, even when someone is eavesdropping on a neighbor 's endeavors with his mistress. Nowadays, it seems as if horror stories about infidelity are more common than happy marriages. Cheating on a spouse is morally wrong, so why not make it easy and legalize the act of polygamy? Polygamy is defined as willfully and knowingly having more than one husband or wife. As unnatural as it seems, many successful people have been in multiple marriages at once. The founder of the Mormons, Joseph Smith Jr., had up to thirty-three wives, all ranging from the ages of fourteen to sixty. One of…show more content…
Both men practiced polygamy, which was frowned upon greatly by the Republican Party during the Civil War. In 1862, Senator Justin Morrill succeeded in passing the Morrill Act for the Suppression of Polygamy, which punished bigamy in any territory under federal jurisdiction with a “fine not exceeding five hundred dollars, and . . . imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years” (Duncan 318). This angered the Mormons greatly and tried to gain the right for polygamy. After timeless efforts and multiple failures, they started to practice underground. The final straw before underground families was the Short Creek Raid in 1953. Police arrested the prophet, two men and three of their wives in a little place known as Short Creek, right above the Grand Canyon. The two men were arrested for cohabitation, which lead to government forces joining alliances with Utah, Arizona, and Idaho to raid Short Creek again. The raid resulted in forty-six arrests of men and women in the community (Duncan 321). Following the raid, numerous families had to go into hiding and live their lives as inconspicuously as possible. There are four polygnist clans. Unfortunately, these families had a great deal of hardships. Many children in the underground world of polygamy are home-schooled, further insulating them from the outside world. In 2000, the FLDS forced families on a wholesale basis to remove their children from kindergarten through
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