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Judge Hears Arguments on Bid to Legitimize Polygamy

Judge Hears Arguments on Bid to Legitimize Polygamy

Posted - Aug. 4, 2004 at 7:51 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- If Texas can't criminalize sodomy, Utah shouldn't be able to outlaw polygamy.

That's according to three adults who sued the Salt Lake County Clerk because they want to live together as husband and wives.

The three filed a lawsuit in December.

Brian Barnard is the attorney for the trio. They seek a declaration that the state's criminal and civil bans of polygamy are unconstitutional.

Assistant Attorney General Jerrold Jensen argued that the group lacks legal standing to challenge the ban the statutory prohibition against polygamy because they have not been charged with violating it.

However, he says they can challenge civil bans on plural marriage.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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