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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #52)

Sat Sep 22, 2012, 04:28 PM

62. Banning Polygamy Was a Condition for Utah Becoming a State

In 1904, LDS President Joseph F. Smith's “Second Manifesto” stated that any person solemnizing or entering a plural marriage would be excommunicated.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Manifesto
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormonism_and_polygamy#1904_second_manifesto_banning_plural_marriage

Polygamy was not immediately and completely extinguished. Some instances were uncovered of mainstream Mormons who entered into multiple marriages after 1904. Some groups of Mormons did not accept the change in church policy and created splinter groups.

The point you were responding to however, was well taken. It would be unthinkable today for anyone in Romney's position of influence to have a secret second wife. He should no more be suspected of that than we would suspect Harry Reid of secret polygamy or Mike Huckabee of secret snake-handling.

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