This is not your mother's polygamy

Young women rally to support the practice of men taking multiple wives.

Published August 22, 2006 12:30PM (EDT)

Polygamy's image moved further along on its path to refurbishment (see "Big Love") on Sunday, when 250 young women gathered at Salt Lake City, Utah's City Hall in support of the practice. There were more than a dozen speakers, who called on their state to change laws that outlaw the practice.

The Associated Press quoted a 19-year-old identified as Tyler (protesters declined to use last names to protect the identities of their parents) who said, "Because of our beliefs, many of our people have been incarcerated and had their basic human rights stripped of them, namely life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness ... I didn't come here today to ask for your permission to live my beliefs. I shouldn't have to."

The AP made sure to note that the crowd was dressed mostly in flip-flops and blue jeans, that they spoke on cellphones and played loud music, and that many of them stressed that their home lives had not included "abuse, neglect [or] forced marriages."

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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