Question: How does polygamy work legally?

United States. Polygamy is the act or condition of a person marrying another person while still being lawfully married to another spouse. It is illegal in the United States. The crime is punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or both, according to the law of the individual state and the circumstances of the offense.

What is allowed in polygamy?

Only polygany is allowed. Polygamy means plural marriage and includes polyandry, between one woman and multiple men; group marriage, between more than one woman and more than one man; and polygany (with an n), between one man and multiple women. There are no polyandrous or group marriages in these communities.

Does the Bible allow polygamy?

Although the Old Testament describes numerous examples of polygamy among devotees to God, most Christian groups have historically rejected the practice of polygamy and have upheld monogamy alone as normative. Nevertheless, some Christians groups in different periods have practiced, or currently do practice, polygamy.

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