Unncessary Legislation from iqbalanas's blog

Can someone please tell me why it is unlawful in US and Canada to conduct polygamy. To me, it makes no sense. Aren't their special interest groups out there to abolish this unnecessary law?


To some extent, I can understand if the parliament does not want to consider the second spouse with regards to rules around child benefits, taxation etc. but having a law that prohibits polygamy seems so unnecessary.


Religiously speaking, polygamy is allowed in Islam and probably also allowed in other religions at least Christianity.


It seems like doing the right thing is frowned upon but the state does not find any problem with having strip clubs sand brothels.


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DanSmith
Jul 1
I can't speak for Canada. The USA generally has different state laws around it, but I would assume that either state or federally laws are most mostly influenced because of Western Christianity culture. It's not a knock against it, but most Americans in the past considered anything outside of "one man, one woman" to be immoral. So I imagine it's generally just tradition for the most part.

In Utah, they made special laws around not just polygamy but against cohabitation. Most, if not all, sects of religious communities that practice polygamy don't attempt to get legal marriages since it's obviously against the law. Most couples or families would get "spiritual" marriages between themselves. It doesn't have any legal bearing so it wouldn't cause friction with current laws. However, the LDS church didn't like that in Utah and specifically had laws setup around cohabitation so they could go after polygamous families that the law wouldn't normally reach. Since they weren't in violation of normal marriage laws, they made a way to do it. It's interesting to me because the LDS church and their early leaders after coming to Utah made it a general practice.

You'll probably hear something different official from the church, but I've seen and heard numerous activists that are responsible for the laws on the books now and they all claimed their passion for the LDS church and making sure that the LDS church was removed from polygamy as much as possible. The LDS church doesn't condone it and wants it's members do have nothing to do with it. Its sad to me that they try to persecute those that have different religious beliefs. If you don't want your members to life a certain lifestyle, I suppose that's your choice... but to make regulations against how other people can live their life, that a I have a problem with.

I find that most special interest groups are hypocritical regarding marriage. They might be for same-sex marriage, but don't really care about the plight of having other laws. I personally don't really care if they make polygamy, same-sex marriage, etc., legal or not. I just think it shouldn't be against the law to live the way that you wish.

I really just wish that the government (federal and state) just got out of the marriage business period. Things would be easier if it wasn't legislated. The government can't make illegal or illegitimate any promises that I have made to one woman, or to several of them, if we're building a family and committing before each other and God that we're going to build a family and make it work.

Anyway, my two cents!
I can't speak for Canada. The USA generally has different state laws around it, but I would assume that either state or federally laws are most mostly influenced because of Western Christianity cultur...See more
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