B.C. judge upholds polygamy ban

Supreme Court says law shouldn’t criminalize minors

The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold Canada’s polygamy laws, adding that minors in polygamous marriages shouldn’t face prosecution as a result of this law, the CBC reports. Chief Justice Robert Bauman ruled in favour of a section of the Criminal Code barring polygamous unions after 42 days of legal arguments on the constitutionality of this section of the code. B.C. Attorney General Shirley Bond called it a “landmark” ruling, but opponents said it went against freedom of religion and freedom of association guaranteed in the charter.