Monday, January 17, 2011

Legal Scholars Testify in Hearing Addressing Canada's Laws Against Polygamy

Vancouver Sun: Tradition of monogamous marriage traced in polygamy hearing, by Daphne Bramham:

Canada flag There is a consistent, 2,500-year tradition of marriage as the monogamous union of two people and a 750-year tradition of polygamy as a crime, an expert testified in a case that could influence the rewriting of Canada’s laws against polygamy.

At times, polygamy was a crime punishable by death, said John Witte, Jr., the director of the Law and Religion Center at Emory University.

Witte is testifying in the constitutional reference case in B.C. Supreme Court that will determine the validity of Canada’s polygamy law. . . .

The Province: Polygamy subject to rights law: Prof, by Keith Fraser:

Canada has international obligations

Canada has obligations under international human rights law to uphold its law prohibiting polygamy, a University of Toronto law professor argued Thursday.

Dr. Rebecca Cook told the polygamy trial being heard in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver that the trend among nations around the world is to ban the practice of multiple marriages. . . .

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