By Frank Parlato;
The Utah House of Representatives will debate a bill [House Bill 99] which proposes a change in the state’s legal definition of bigamy.
Bigamy is a felony in Utah, with penalties of up to five years in prison for each offense.
Bigamy is more broadly defined in Utah than most states which limit bigamy to cases where a person contracts with more than one person in state licensed marriage.
That part of the definition will not change under the proposed bill.
To curtail the religious freedom of traditional Mormons, who believe polygamy is part of God’s plan, some years ago Utah expanded its definition to add cohabitation as bigamy.