April 29, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill allowing polygamy. The Marriage Act 2014 brings civil law in line with customary law, where some cultures allow a man to have multiple wives. The bill was approved by parliament last month after heated debate that ...[read more]
February 24, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On February 24, 2006, the Utah Supreme Court ruled in favor of removing Hildale Justice Court Judge Walter Steed for the crime of polygamy. Steed had worked as a part-time justice court judge since 1980 and had lived openly as a polygamist with his three wives and 32 children. The unanimous ...[read more]
August 19, 2012
by Keith Herting
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah on Friday refused to dismiss a case challenging the state's prohibition on bigamy. The lawsuit was filed by the stars of the reality TV show "Sister Wives." Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that even though the Utah County Attorney has stated ...[read more]
February 5, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah ruled Friday that the Browns, a publicly polygamist family living in Utah, have standing to bring a suit challenging Utah's anti-bigamy law against Utah County Attorney General Jeffrey Buhman. The court dismissed challenges brought against ...[read more]
December 3, 2011
by Ben Klaber
JURIST Guest Columnist Nicholas Bala of Queen's University Faculty of Law says the recent ruling in British Columbia holding that Canada's criminal prohibition of polygamy is constitutionally justified despite violating the guarantee of freedom of religion is strong and should prevent the spread ...[read more]
November 24, 2011
by Michael Haggerson
The Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled on Wednesday that a law banning polygamy was constitutional. The law was under challenge by two bishops of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) who claimed that the law infringed on their religious freedom and was not ...[read more]
October 25, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
Interim Libyan leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil said Tuesday that he intends to make Islamic Sharia law the basic source of legislation and reject any tenets in contradiction the teachings of Islam, but all in moderation to reflect Libya's political landscape, cultural norms and religious makeup. Though ...[read more]
July 13, 2011
by Julia Zebley
A polygamous family filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Utah seeking to overturn the state's prohibition on bigamy as a violation of their civil rights. While the complaint acknowledges that the US Supreme Court upheld the criminalization of polygamy in ...[read more]
February 16, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 16, 2005, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah refused to strike down Utah's ban on polygamy, turning back a suit brought by a Utah man who wanted to add another wife to his marriage. The judge found that the state had an interest in protecting monogamous marriage ...[read more]
February 25, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Khalid Sekander: An Afghan university journalism student was recently convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death by an Afghan trial court for expressing the idea that polygamy may be an inappropriate practice under Islam. The sentence is on appeal, and, meanwhile a majority of the members... ...[read more]

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