Bigamy Decriminalized In Utah

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Bigamy is not a felony anymore — at least in the state of Utah. Two months ago Gov. Gary Herber signed a bill, which has just taken effect, essentially allowing two people to wed while one of them continues to be married to a third person.

Until now, bigamy was classified as a third-degree offense under the state law. But the new bill turns it into a mere infraction. The punishment for it increases only if bigamy is committed along with other criminal offenses.

For centuries, Utah has remained the home of numerous polygamist religious groups. Easing the criminal penalties on bigamy has been protested by numerous activists ever since the bill was passed.

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