If polygamy is illegal, but nobody wants to prosecute it, is it really a crime?
This ties in quite nicely with my recent post stating that I feel it's only a matter of time before polygamy is in fact legalized.
According to MacQueen, Wally Oppal has still not decided exactly what his next step will be, in spite of a recommendation to seek "a court reference on the question of legality". He may still lay charges.
But it seems that while the Bountiful group is openly flaunting the law, there are some in Canada - even fundamentalist Christians - who practice it secretly:
Members of Bountiful are part of a breakaway sect of fundamentalist Mormons who do not recognize the mainstream church's decision more than a century ago to end the practice of polygamy. But the issue extends far beyond the borders of Bountiful. Many Muslims in Canada, as well as some fundamentalist Christians and others with no religious grounding, also quietly practice polygamy.
And speaking of Muslim polygamy, this is a fascinating article about the covert practice of polygamy in the U.S., with links to blogs of several "co-wives".