Morrill Act Anniversary Marks Beginning Of U.S. Polygamy Prosecution

Jul 10, 2014

Though plural marriage was outlawed in 1862, the issue remains contentious today.

  152 years ago congress passed the first law banning polygamous marriage. UPR reporter Taylor Halversen spoke with Dr. Kathryn Daines, a recently retired professor from Brigham Young University and Martha Bradley, Dean of the Honors College at the University of Utah and scholar of modern polygamy about the history of polygamy in the LDS church, the effect of this law had on LDS culture, and how we have come to the current state of polygamy prosecution in the United States.