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History of U.S. Marriage: Polygamy Conflict

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History of U.S. Marriage: Polygamy Conflict

History of U.S. Marriage: Polygamy Conflict

History of U.S. Marriage: Polygamy Conflict

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NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Sarah Barringer Gordon, a historian of religion and a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania. Barringer Gordon says polygamy became a contentious issue in the 19th century United States, when some Mormons adopted the practice in the Utah Territory. Historians say the federal government's role in resolving that conflict could influence how the gay marriage debate is handled.