Edmunds-Tucker Act (1887)

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In an effort to stamp out polygamy the US Congress passed the Edmunds-Tucker Act in 1887. This act made adultery punishable by up to three years in prison, unmarried sex was punishable by up to six months in prison, and the female vote was revoked. (Women had won the right to vote in Utah in 1870.)

Below is the entire text of the Edmunds-Tucker Act. 



  1. William A Baumgardner Sr.May 18, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Now the Gentiles of our country live in adultery, fornication & polygamy & nothing is done. It was just a ploy to ry to hurt the Lord's only TRUE Church on earth. God help those that done this. They will burn in hell.

  2. Kind of bitter there William. You should remember it was the republicans that created and passed the Edmunds-Tucker Act while stating "the twin relics of barbarism were polygamy and slavery". I don't think the people in the church care one iota about this--the majority vote republican (even when the running politician has affairs in his background). Also the scriptures say that the Lord "winked at men's follies about taking multiple wives, concubines, etc." Adam wasn't placed in the garden with Eve, etc. It was just Eve. Good luck in your journey here!