DUH why do you think Warren Jeffs went to the slammer, he married a 12 year old and a 15 year old girl. Its called polygamy. Have you looked into Islam at all? I have to tell ya putz, they marry em young, 9, 10 years old.<quoted text>
You are forgetting about equality.
There are perfectly good laws on the books for all the crimes you ignorantly fear about polygamy. Prosecute the crime, not the criminal's marriage. Do we prosecute a same sex marriage if one of it's members commits a crime?
The reason you perceive welfare abuse is the fault of polygamy being illegal, not polygamy itself. Only one wife is allowed, any others are considered single mothers by the government, thus entitled to welfare. It's the government that creates the problem you whine about. Take it up with them.
When we are talking about marriage it's understood I am talking about adults and not children marrying, OK Jizzy? Just like I don't criticize a same sex marriage for any crimes against children, you shouldn't do it to polygamy. Equality. Remember?
How polygamy affects your wallet
You may or may not agree with polygamist Warren Jeffs' lifestyle, and you may or may not think he is indeed the dangerous criminal the FBI says he is, but would you believe Jeffs and his followers are costing you money?
"Their religious belief is that they'll bleed the beast, meaning the government," said Mark Shurtleff, Utah's attorney general. "They hate the government, so they'll bleed it for everything they can through welfare, tax evasion and fraud."
It makes some sense. Polygamists have multiple wives and dozens of children, but the state only recognizes one marriage. That leaves the rest of the wives to claim themselves as single moms with armies of children to support. Doing that means they can apply for welfare, which they do. And it's all legal.
"More than 65 percent of the people are on welfare ... compared with 6 percent of the people of the general population," Shurtleff said.