On Monday, British Columbia's Supreme Court took up the matter of whether Canada's ban on polygamy is unconstitutional. An 1890's law prohibiting the practice of plural marriage has been challenged as violating the freedom of religion and association guarantee as spelled out in the Charter of Rights.
What's At Stake?
B.C.'s Attorney General has asked the court to answer two questions. First, is Canada's prohibition of polygamy legal and if so, are all polygamous unions illegal or only those that involve minors or exploitation.
Those in favor and those opposed are watching the case closely and the court's decision will not likely be the last word on the subject.