Polygamy has been officially against Mormon teachings since 1890, when then church president Wilford Woodruff spoke out against the practice.
Since that time, small Mormon church groups have continued to spring up, still actively professing the original polygamous teachings of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.
More recently, Polygamy has been popularized in the media with the HBO television serious Big Love, about a polygamous family in Utah in the first decade of the 21st century.
Polygamists in Bountiful, B.C. Canada, under the leadership of Winston Blackmore, have claimed persecution when they faced criminal charges by the RCMP.
They argued that Canada’s current polygamy laws could be unconstitutional. You decide.