British Columbia high court

British Columbia high court
12:16 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Ban on polygamy upheld in Canada; investigations under way

New evidence in Canada point to polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs, seen here arriving at a courthouse escorted by a law enforcement officer in San Angelo, Texas, earlier this year. Jeffs was convicted in August and sentenced to life.
Associated Press

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has ruled that the ban on religious sects having polygamous marriages will stand because the harm inflicted outweighs religious freedom.

In a 335-page decision, Chief Justice Robert Bauman wrote that the ban on polygamy violates Canada’s Charter of Rights of Freedoms but is constitutional because the practice causes harm to women and children.

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