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Decriminalizing Polygamy

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To ensure statehood, Utah had to ban the practice of polygamy. But the laws against plural marriage are rarely enforced here, and a bill passed by lawmakers yesterday takes the extraordinary step of decriminalizing polygamy.

Proponents of the bill say it will relieve the stigma experienced by those in plural marriage, while those opposed say it doesn’t do enough to protect victims abused in polygamous relationships. Friday, we’re asking what passing the bill mean for Utah, for members of the LDS church and for members of the fundamentalist Mormon sects who still practice polygamy.


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.