B.C. Supreme Court has upheld Canada’s polygamy laws, but says minors who end up in polygamous marriages should be exempt from prosecution. In a 335-page decision released on in 2011, Chief Justice Robert Bauman ruled in favour of the section of the Criminal Code outlawing polygamous unions.
Questions regarding the legal and ethical permissibility of plural marriage occupy a disproportionately large space in the public and legal imagination. This collection seeks to trace the genealogy of contemporary interest in the institution of polygamous marriage, explore arguments for and against its recognition under North American legal systems, and consider how such recognition might operate in practice. READ MORE