For the first time in 85 years, polygamy is no longer a felony in Utah. A state law, passed back in March, went into effect Tuesday dropping polygamy from a third-degree felony to an infraction, basically the same legal level as a traffic ticket.
How many wives can a man have in Utah?
The state of Utah can continue to limit one marriage license to two people, under the same rules it has always followed, just as every other state does. But the problem with Utahs law is that it didnt just outlaw true polygamy, which is the practice of claiming more than one legal spouse at a time.
How common is polygamy in Utah?
While official numbers do not exist, it is estimated that over 1 percent of Utahs population is part of polygamist families. Polygamy, which until recently was almost universally vilified, has seen somewhat of a resurgence from a public relations point of view.