The constitutional validity of Canada’s polygamy law will be tested by the B.C. Supreme Court on Monday, following the province’s failed prosecution of two leaders from the religious community of Bountiful last year.
The province’s attorney general has asked the chief justice to rule on two questions. The first question is whether Canada’s law against polygamy violates the religious protections in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The second question — if the court rules the law is constitutionally valid — is whether all polygamy is illegal, or just unions involving minors or exploitation?