Mar 12, 2016

Bill to make polygamy a felony crime fails

KUTV 2News

March 11, 2016

 (AP) A proposal to make polygamy a felony crime in Utah again has failed.

State lawmakers adjourned for the year Thursday night without taking final vote on the measure in the state Senate.

Utah's polygamy ban was struck down by a judge in 2013, after the stars of TV's "Sister Wives" sued.

The sponsor of the proposal before legislators this year said it would narrow the definition of the crime and could halt the case now before an appeals court.

Polygamy advocates said it would force families like theirs into the shadows. They argue it's unconstitutional to bar consenting adults from marrying who they choose.

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