Why Polygamy Should Remain Illegal

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"Polygamy: Every one who practises or enters into or in any manner agrees or consents to practise or enter into any form of polygamy, or any kind of conjugal union with more than one person at the same time, whether or not it is by law recognized as a binding form of marriage, or (b) celebrates, assists or is a party to a rite, ceremony, contract or consent that purports to sanction a relationship. If found guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.” (Criminal Code,1985) The criminal code provides a penalty of up to 5 years in prison but prosecutions are rare. Despite the religious beliefs, polygamy should remain illegal and should be enforced strictly. Polygamy brings on various legal…show more content…
They are looking into changing the law so it doesn’t affect children from age 12-17 who marry into polygamy. (Canada Polygamy laws upheld, 2011) Recent news has come out that 12 and 13 year old girls were moved from Canada to the US to marry widely known polygamous, Warren Jeffs who now is in jail named. Currently, Jeffs is facing allegation he married the 3 girls through 2004 and 2005 while he was at the age of 48. (Keller, 2011) Consequently, women are highly affected by polygamy due to its tradition of marrying young, abusive relationships and deep jealousy. Children are currently a major part of polygamy. By far children suffer the most in polygamy and its extremely difficult for children to escape polygamy if they would like to. These communities feel losing one children they are losing all the people they would have as their offspring. Polygamy needs to remain illegal to prevent them from experiencing being neglected, abused and taught wrongful gender equality. Children who are raised in polygamy often do not have much say in what happens in their lives. Due to the various amount of wives the man in the polygamous relationship might have depends, on how many children that will be born. Children could have a lot of insecurities due to the fact some children might be subject to favouritism. With so many children it would be hard to make everyone feel special without
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