‘It’s like living with adultery on a daily basis and having the woman come home’: Former sister wife exposes oppressive realities of polygamy
(Link): ‘It’s like living with adultery on a daily basis and having the woman come home’: Former sister wife exposes oppressive realities of polygamy in the wake of federal ruling that further decriminalizes the practice in Utah
- -In December, a federal judge ruled Utah’s law against cohabitation was a violation of the First Amendment right to freedom of religion
-Marion Munn was a polygamist sister wife for 18 years and says it’s not a choice for many women in the fundamentalist sects
-But the decision comes as a big win for the estimated 40,000 Utah polygamists who can now live their lifestyle more openly
By AFP and DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 11:02 EST, 9 February 2014
A former sister wife has spoken out against the polygamous lifestyle, following a new federal ruling that decriminalizes the practice in Utah.
Marion Munn moved to Utah from Britain after converting to a fundamentalist Mormon faith, and says she was part of a plural marriage for 18 years
‘The only way that I can explain it is like living with adultery on a daily basis, and having the woman come home,’ Munn said.
‘On top of that you have to smile and pretend that everything’s okay because that’s part of the culture too.’
The practice of polygamy has long been illegal in the United States, and especially persecuted in the state of Utah ever since the Mormon church decided to get rid of Joseph Smith’s principal of plural marriage to become more mainstream.
But fundamentalist Mormons have continued the practice, with an estimated 40,000 Utah residents currently living in plural marriages.
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