Channel 15 (the local ABC affiliate) is showing a “teaser” for a news report they will broadcast on the Tuesday night news next week. It’s an investigative report on polygamy (actually, polygyny – one husband, many wives) in Arizona, Texas, and Canada.
They report incest and “marriage” among close relatives, resulting in multiple birth defects and many early deaths of babies born in such situations. Old men are marrying girls who are 14, 15, or even younger. Polygynist families are generally supported by taxpayer subsidies in one form or another.
Anybody know how polygyny has spread from Utah and Arizona – where it has been practiced for many years – to Texas and Canada? Any insights into why it is tolerated, since it’s illegal? Or what can and should be done about it? Anyone defending it?
Polygyny is attributed to “Mormon Fundamentalists,” but it is fundamental Mormonism :p. Joseph Smith had many wives – including the wives of other men. The LDS church put plural marriage “on hold” so Utah could become a state, but it’s still Mormon doctrine.