For those who haven’t heard yet, a federal judge has decriminalized polygamy in Utah. Some are beginning to wonder if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin practicing polygamy again.
The question I have is why we made illegal polygamy in the first place.
Nevertheless, the way polygamy was practiced also hurt polygamous families. Arranged marriages by priesthood leaders with younger girls isn’t going to always create the healthiest power structures and most loving homes.
On one hand, polygamy has its share of problems, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s a little happy the U.S. government stepped in and stopped its practice so that my ancestors didn’t have to suffer from it any longer.
On the other hand, I try to remember that the U.S. government stepped in as colonizers trying to “civilize” the Mormons. That’s what Nate Oman claimed in a law review that was quoted by the judge who decriminalized polygamy.
It’s a sick and terrible thing that early Mormons tried to colonize the Native Americans in Utah.
The U.S. government tried to do something very similar to the Mormons of Utah. One wonders if it was ever the U.S. government’s place to stop a practice between consenting adults, whether said practice was at times done with spiritual blackmail and essentially arranged marriages.
What say you dear readers? What are your thoughts regarding polygamy and its decriminalization? Should it have been illegal in the first place?