Since I live in Short Creek and do advocacy work for many that live in or come out of plural communities, people often ask me my view on polygamy. Although I used to be an anti-polygamy activist, I am not anymore. This does not, however, make me a pro-polygamy activist. The facts in the research are still the same.

There are many vulnerabilities that people living in plural households face. They are more likely to live in poverty, have health problems, the wives are more likely to suffer depression, there is lower life expectancy, and the list goes on.  You can read the research yourself below (it’s a work in progress).

Some people also love living in a plural marriage, get better educations, live longer lives, etc.  I am neutral on this topic. I choose to have friends whether they are monogamist, polygamist, polyamorist, religious, or atheist. I do not do a religious test or a lifestyle test to determine who is worthy of assistance in life. I focus on reducing harm, promoting education, enabling therapy, increasing housing stability, and more. I am posting links to academic or legal work regarding polygamy. I am not endorsing any particular view or study. I am simply hoping to make it easier for you to do your own studying.

  • Photos from Short Creek
    Photos of some of our FLDS friends from Short Creek
  • The Polygamy Bill
    I took some FLDS friends to the capitol in Salt Lake City to share their voice about the polygamy bill.
  • 2011 Canadian Ruling Against Polygamy
    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.
  • The Polygamy Question
    Polygamy is tolerated to some degree by almost half of the world’s societies. It is practiced by only 2 percent of North Americans from a range of religious and national backgrounds. Some participants in polygamous marriages have immigrated to North America from countries where such marriage is permitted and recognized under the law. Others are ...
  • Polygamy in the United States: How Marginalized Religious Communities Cope with Stigmatizing Discourses Surrounding Plural Marriage
    Considerable work by advocates for stigmatized groups has yielded dramatic progress in advancing social reform with the goal of fostering a culture of tolerance and understanding for personal and cultural differences (Kite, 2011). Despite progress for several traditionally stigmatized groups, other groups are not visible in mainstream American culture and remain relegated to the corners of American society. Some of these “hidden populations” intentionally evade detection ...
  • The Polygamy Question, Introduction: Plural Marriage and Legal Pluralism
    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 ...
  • An Exploration of Polygamous Marriages: A Worldview
    Over seventy percent of the societies known to Anthropologists permit men to marry more than one wife. There are consequences to each type of marriage to which certain individuals might adapt.


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