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Indiana University
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Friday, November 25, 2011

British Columbia's Ban on Polygamy Constitutional, Court Holds

From the New York Times:

OTTAWA — British Columbia’s highest court ruled Wednesday that Canada’s 121-year-old criminal law banning polygamy is constitutional.

The ruling stemmed from a failed prosecution in 2009 of two leaders of a breakaway Mormon sect in British Columbia and might have implications for followers of other religions that allow polygamy. In a 335-page decision that followed 42 days of hearings, Robert J. Bauman, the court’s chief justice, found that women in polygamous relationships faced higher rates of domestic, physical and sexual abuse, died younger and were more prone to mental illnesses. Children from those marriages, he said, were more likely to be abused and neglected, less likely to perform well at school and often suffered from emotional and behavioral problems.

Read more here and read the Court's decision here.


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Polygamy is illegal here in the US - I don't see any reason why for to be legal in British Columbia when it is illegal here in the US.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorney | Nov 25, 2011 1:57:26 PM

I enjoy your blog and read it regularly. Just wanted to give you a heads-up that BC's Supreme Court is not BC's "highest court". That distinction goes to BC's Court of Appeal. Best regards, Georgialee Lang BA JD MCIArb, Vancouver, BC. Website

Posted by: georgialee lang | Nov 25, 2011 9:17:07 PM

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