Tuesday, March 27, 2007
"A bill aimed at helping women leave polygamist husbands apparently will go no further this legislative session. HB 2325 would have denied husbands child custody if a court found “sufficient evidence” that they engaged in polygamy or child bigamy, an offense that includes married adults taking a child spouse and adults forcing children to enter plural marriages. Rep. David Lujan, D-Phoenix, said Monday that the bill, which won unanimous approval from the House Human Services Committee, won't take the next step and be heard by the Judiciary Committee. He said a second bill to provide funds for shelters helping women who leave polygamous marriages also won't advance.
“It's unfortunate that these aren't moving forward, but I'm going to continue pushing these because I feel they are important,” said Lujan, who also is the staff attorney for the Arizona chapter of Justice for Children, a national child advocacy group." By David Biscobing, Cronkite News Service, mhavedailynews Link to Article (last visited 3-27-07 NVS)