Christian Polygamy||Guidelines ||Practices|
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1878 that plurality of wives (polygamy), as originally permitted by the Mormon religion, violated criminal law and was not defensible as an exercise of religious liberty. The Latter-day Saints renounced polygamy in 1890, but the practice has persisted among some, although it has been rarely prosecuted.
In the following states, bigamy is a misdemeanor. However, once the penalty is paid, you are back at square one.
Hawaii (petty misdemeanor-- 30 days in jail)
Rhode Island (misdemeanor, $1000)
The following lists are ordered by which states have the most promising statutorily. The first list is the best, the last list is the worst.
The following states, have no statutes against fornication, adultery, or cohabitation, and they also do not recognize common-law marriages.
The following states have statutes that concern adultery, but none for fornication, cohabitation, or common-law marriage. In some of them adultery is grounds for divorce only. In others the offending spouse simply forfeits any rights to the innocent spouse's estate. In the rest of them, adultery is a crime that can only be prosecuted by the offended spouse. In a successful polygamous relationship, these need not be obstructive. If the relationship fails, however, the statutory adulterer will be charged.
Maryland (Adultery results in a $10 fine and is grounds for divorce)
Texas (Texas does recognize common-law marriages, but apparently only if they are registered with the county clerk)
Both states make adultery and fornication misdemeanors, although in Illinois the conduct must be "open and notorious." For interest's sake, we have listed all of the states whose statutes are no worse than Georgia or Illinois. This only means that in these states you are as likely as not, to be able to find a lawyer who will talk to you.
New Hampshire (New Hampshire recognizes common-law marriages, but only for inheritance purposes after death)
The following states have laws against cohabitation.
The following states recognize common-law marriages, or else make adultery a felony, and are not on the previous lists.
Please Note: The contents of this page may not be used or miscontrued as "legal advice" in replace of consulting with one's own attorney in one's own jurisdiction.