Polygamy is the practice of a man taking more than one wife at the same time. Polyandry is when a woman takes more that one husband at the same time. Polyandry is rare compared to polygamy, because it is only known to be inexistence in two parts of the world. One is among the Nair people who are inhabitants of India’s Malabar Coast. The other is in Tibet, where a woman can take her husband’s brothers as her mates. This paper will be focused strictly on the debate over polygamy. It does more harm than good and should be banned and enforced strongly within the United States’ borders. Being married to more than one person at the same time has been illegal in the U.S. since 1862, but has not been enforced strictly. The Mormon Church is well known for practicing polygamy, but the church banned it in 1980. Over a period of forty years, the church endured serious federal efforts to crack down on the practice of polygamy. Dr. Irwin Altman, a professor of psychology at the University o!
f Utah in Salt Lake City say, “Today there are some twenty thousand to forty thousand people who are practicing polygamy in the state of Utah.” He also states, “Some forty years ago, the numbers were within the hundreds or low thousands.” It
The husband has no reason to hold a job. However there have been studies that show that in many cases a second wife is put into humiliating roles, pushed aside, and her property is confiscated. Joseph Smith later became the founder of the Mormon Church and religion. There are so many things about polygamy that are different and just not right compared to a conventional marriage. The patriarch figure in these unions usually does one of two things when it comes to additional wives. How many women would want this to happen to them on their honeymoon Many polygamous groups believe that a woman should have a baby every year. He either marries his first wife legally and then is sealed to the other wives, in a religious ceremony or he divorces one wife (but stays with her) before he marries another wife and repeats this process. In Uganda though there are more and more women who are challenging this practice. Islamic laws permit a man to take up to four wives, but there are strict conditions that this is allowed to take place under. They do not want their children growing up without a father in their lives. This is because many of these husbands are spending each day of the week with a different wife and children. Today"tms world is not the same as it was for their forefathers. Most of them feel that this is the way the world is, and that everybody leaves like this, or at least, this is !the will of God. If a wife had these feelings she was told that she was disobeying God. Many women stay in these bad situations, because of their children.