A bill in the Utah State Legislature that would amend the bigamy statute was passed 70-3 in the House of Representatives.
SB102 Senate sponsor Deidre Henderson originally drafted the bill on the premise that current bigamy laws have created an environment of fear and discrimination against plural families making it more difficult for them to access employment, education and public services, essentially creating a group of second class citizens.
The DCCS initially did not support early versions of the bill because they strengthened a list of enhancements meant to target plural families.
After some bill changes, the DCCS does support the bill and Senator Henderson's efforts. Although the current bill still contains some enhancements, those statutes listed must already be a felony and other problematic wording has been removed. This offers an improvement over current law and the bill reduces the crime of bigamy among consenting adults to an infraction.
The bill now goes back to the Senate for a final vote before going to the Governor's desk for final approval.
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