New Utah law effectively decriminalizes bigamy

Polygamist Kody Brown.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Bigamy is no longer a felony in Utah, with a new law that took effect on Tuesday making it an infraction instead.

When bigamy was a third-degree felony in Utah, a person found guilty could face up to five years in jail and a fine of $5,000. There are several religious groups in the state that practice polygamy, but Utah's attorney general's office only prosecuted people when multiple crimes were committed.

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