Actually in the 1960s the leaders of the group that was the predecessors to the
FLDS were trying to convince men and women in the group to not marry until they
were at least 18. In 1984 there was a break in the group, Jeffs father was
among those who went with Johnson and Jessup, and they kicked out those who had
supported higher ages at marriage and created a system that was controlled by
one man.Many of the irregularities since than, such as marriages
involving minor females who are too young to marry legally in any state (New
Hampshire allows marriage with parental consent at age 13) can be blamed on the
system of one man essentially ruling the FLDS alone.This is a
slightly easier case than Utah's accesory to rape. Of course, the accesory to
rape case lacked as clear documentation of the ceremony itself. It also lacked
the unquestioned age differences.
When Joseph Smith and Brigham Young started plural marriages is wasn't illegal,
the government made it illegal after they started the practice. personally i
think is was unconstitutional for the Government to come in and make a part of
someones religion regarding marriage illegal. if they hadn't you would not have
these secret polygamous groups doing underage marriages!
I don't care what "religion" you follow, a 12 year old girl marrying a
50 year old man is wrong.
Just as it was with Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, polygamous 'marriages' are
still illegal. Too bad these mormons who follow their teachings don't get the
message. You are not free to practice your religion, Government knows best.