The Muslim tradition has it that a man may have four legal wives if he can afford to treat them all equally and pay for the children’s upkeep and education.
In Utah the state has declared that a man may have as many co-habitors as he wants, with no restrictions as to treating them equally or providing for the children. The tradition and law does not deal with the cost to the taxpayer for this cultural oddity.
In fact, the polygamist cults make a point of taking tax payer money to provide for the children’s welfare, and delight at the genetic in breeding that produces Down Syndrome babies.
This obscene practice of polygamy should be termed legal sexual slavery, as there is no other reason for one man to keep multiple wives. The parents are panderers in that they raise their daughters to be given to older men for brood cows.
When girl child is raised for nothing more than sex she does not have the choice to get a good education, a chance to live independently or hold down a job outside the home.
By the time a girl child is 18 in these cults she usually has two or more children. She might as well be living in Saudi Arabia where she can’t drive, show her face in public without the permission of a man, or hold down a job where there is a chance that she would meet a member of the opposite sex near her own age.
And here I thought that America was the home of the “free”?