Anti-polygamy law a relic: lawyer

CBC News

The federal prohibition on polygamy is a relic from another time that imposes Christianity on all Canadians and violates their right to religious freedom, says a lawyer arguing against the law.

Tim Dickson, a lawyer appointed to oppose the governments’ position at the landmark constitutional case in B.C., said Monday that the law was originally motivated by fears of Mormon immigrants flooding into Canada to practise polygamy.

In fact, the 1890 law specifically referred to Mormon polygamy, known as spiritual or plural marriage, for more than half a century until the wording was changed in the 1950s to remove the reference.

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