Deny polygamy legal protection, lawyer urges

 CBC News

A lawyer for the B.C. government is warning a judge that declaring polygamy a protected religious practice would make Canada the only Western country to allow multiple marriages.

The B.C. Supreme Court is examining whether banning polygamy violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in a case that will focus on the small polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C.

Craig Jones, a lawyer for the province, said he would present expert evidence suggesting the decline of polygamy has been "inextricably entwined" with the growth of Western democracy and equality-based societies.

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