Utah Makes POLYGAMY Illegal Again

Polygamists may have to find a new state; this is after Lawmakers in Utah outlawed polygamy by re-criminalizing the marriage practice.

The House Bill 99, which was sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, was voted 15–14 by Utah’s Senate. This will make it a crime for someone to practice having more than one wife or husband at the same time.

The bill has also added a penalty if there’s bullying in a marriage, sex abuse, child abuse, domestic violence or human trafficking that’s involved.

The bill also adds a safe harbor exemption for people who leave polygamous relationships.

Senator. Kevin Van Tassell, R-Vernal, who voted for the bill urged his fellow colleagues to support him in passing the bill since he believed that it was a need that Utah needs to address.