Bill introduced in the Utah Legislature to "re-criminalize" Polygamy

February 1, 2017

In the 2017 Utah Legislative Session, a Bigamy Amendments bill was introduced by Rep. Mike Noel. The bill is in response to more than 3 years of legal proceedings calling into question the constitutionality of Utah’s Bigamy statute which began with a legal challenge by the Brown family in Brown vs Buhman.  In December 2013, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups struck down a part of the bigamy statute.  However, the decision was later vacated due to lack of standing.  The case made it all the way to the US Supreme Court where they affirmed the lack of standing and dismissed the case with no ruling.

This year's bill (HB099) essentially “re-criminalizes” polygamy in the State of Utah.

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