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Question about LDS history

In 1890, when polygamy was banned, what happend to the people who already had plural marriages? Did they have to break-up?

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Anna92464

Asked by Anna92464 at 6:43 PM on Jan. 27, 2013 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Generally any law that bans something that was previously legal only applies to new instances of it - anything else is grandfathered in. Like a ban on cars that don't have should and lap seatbelts, cars built before that date are still legal, they don't have to be modified.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 6:50 PM on Jan. 27, 2013

  • no. the 1890 Manifesto (the LDS document banning polygamy) didnt break up any current polygamous relationships.

    interesting side note, the main reason for the Manifesto is that the US Govt was dissolving Mormon properties, churches, and polygamous families. the leader of the LDS church decided it was time for them to stop doing something deemed illegal. also, the Utah territory wasnt allowed to become a state until the wrote into their state constitution that polygamy was illegal.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 7:00 PM on Jan. 27, 2013

  • Interesting, okmanders.
    JulieJacobKyle

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 9:01 PM on Jan. 27, 2013

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