According to a joint report issued by the Utah and Arizona attorney general’s offices, July 2005, ‘approximately 20,000 to 40,000 or more people currently practice polygamy in the United States.’ The Mormon Church officially banned the practice of polygamy in 1890.
From pre-show articles I've read in the Old Big Love thread, I get the impression that HBO put the disclaimer up as favor to the LDS church. Here are some articles that show that the disclaimer itself is misleading:
Big Love's disclaimer needs a disclaimer
Big Love, September Dawn, and The Solomon Key (Big Love's disclaimer is discussed in the first third of the article.)
Sounds like this show will stir up controversy and questions. I thought I'd start a thread devoted to non-plot related religious discussion and questions.
Here is the basic beliefnet.com entry on polygamy and the LDS church.
This is much more interesting. It's an FAQ written by a polygamist in Utah. I don't think the percentages are too accurate, but the perspective is fascinating. I had no idea what polyandry was and didn't know that the LDS church used to practice it. If you do read this, just keep the source in mind.
I grew up in West Jordan, Utah (close to where the Henricksons live). There were kids of polygamists that went to my middle school. I saw polygamist wives at the grocery store all the time. They do NOT look like Jeanne Tripplehorn by the way. I don't think it's as prevelant as the FAQ above makes it seem, but most polygamist families keep to themselves.
Then again...I could just be super naive (it wouldn't be the first time...or the second). There were a few of people in my ward ('ward' is an LDS term for a church congregation) that had a single woman living in a mother-in-law apartment.
Edited by BatFantastic, Mar 10, 2006 @ 3:54 PM.