Governor Herbert signed SB 102 into law on Saturday. The bill reduces the crime of bigamy among consenting adults to an infraction. Bigamy under false pretenses remains a felony as well as bigamy when done in consort with a list of other crimes, most of which must rise to a felony themselves.
The bill's passage through the legislature was marked by a lot of emotions and controversy from both opponents and supporters. Current and former polygamists came out for and against the bill. The bill had overwhelming support in the legislature, passing the Senate unanimously and passing the House with only 3 no votes.
The DCCS initially expressed concerns with the bill's enhanced crimes language, making the bill unconstitutional and unenforceable. A substitute bill made changes to some of the more problematic issues. A DCCS representative states, "Although the bill is not perfect, we support Senator Henderson's efforts to reduce the demonization of plural families"
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