Wednesday, December 14, 2005
A woman claiming she was forced as a young teenager to marry a much older man to fulfill her duties as a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is suing church leader Warren Jeffs, accusing him of arranging the union. The civil lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a Utah court and asks for a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages for the woman, who in court papers is identified only as "M.J." "The nonconsensual spiritual marriage, the required sexual relations, and M.J.'s resulting pregnancies have been physically and emotionally devastating to M.J.," court documents state. Source: AP, Arizona Daily Star, azstarnet.com. For more information, please click here (last visited December 14, 2005, reo).