Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act Targets Mormon Polygamy, Won't Be Enforced

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The Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln. This new law targets Mormon polygamy by making bigamy a crime and limiting the the assets of any church or non-profit organization in a U.S. territory to $50,000.

Instead of enforcing the law, Lincoln will give Brigham Young a green light to ignore it in exchange for not becoming involved on the Confederate side of the Civil War. General Patrick Edward Connor, commander of federal forces at Fort Douglas, Utah, is given explicit instructions not to confront any Mormons over this issue.

The act doesn't authorize the expenditure of any funds for enforcement anyway, so it's unlikely that Lincoln would have tried - but this way, he at least gets something out of it.

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