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Letter: Utah Attorney General John Swallow needs to act on polygamy

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  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    March 5, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    Seriously, the country is going to pass a law allowing gay marriage and outlaw polygamy?

    Try making it legal as right now if children are abused in a regular home they are taken out. Making it legal would allow entities such as child services to stop the 14 yr old bride business and the other exploitation that goes on in communes.

    There are economic and health benefits to polygamy and even though it might not be the right thing to do it is like selling cigarettes it is the best we can do with who we elected.

    Legalizing their religious beliefs of polygamy will b=ring down their communes faster than a bonfire. They will no longer be able to hide behind a national ammendment allowing them to worship how they may. It allows the state to set age and other legal limits and stop the ongoing issues that have plagued these communes for decades.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 3, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    If they were breaking the "law" maybe he could.
    But those women/girls are not "legally" wedded - only "spiritually".
    And they live seperately to avoid breaking co-habitation laws.

    Besides - Utah allows 14 year olds to get married with "parental consent",
    but will not allow 14 years olds to choose which parent in a divorce they can live with.

    If you want them to DO something,
    you have to change the laws first.

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    March 3, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    Kelly White, Mr Swallow has bigger problems to be concerned with right now, as does his predecessor. That office lacks any possible credibility.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 3, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    Simple answer.

    Legalize it.

    Heck, they're legalizing everything else that may be immoral or harmful. Why not polygamy?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 3, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    It's a utah AG's nghtmare. The dirty little secret that won't go away, but for some reason they can't do anything about it. I wonder why?