Tourists from around the world are flocking to Colorado City, Arizona to take a bus tour called the "Polygamy Experience." Reuters reports that this four-hour tour costs $70 and takes visitors through the middle of the polygamist enclave on the Utah-Arizona border.
The tour of the community features people that choose to take part in polygamy, having multiple spouses at the same time. But wait, isn't polygamy illegal in the state of Arizona?
In order to get a marriage license in Arizona, you must not currently be married. This is one of the key requirements for obtaining a marriage license almost everywhere. Obtaining multiple marriage licenses is considered bigamy, which LawBrain reports is illegal in every U.S state. In most states, including Arizona, bigamy is a felony crime. Hence, those that face bigamy charges in the Grand Canyon state will often need to contact a Phoenix criminal defense attorney or Phoenix family lawyer.
In order to get around Arizona's marriage laws, people in the polygamist community in Colorado City take on one legal spouse but have additional spouses that are spiritual and recognized only by the faith of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). Reuters reports that FLDS has 10,000 followers in Utah, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, South Dakota and British Columbia.
The "Polygamy Experience" tour does not promote plural marriage, but instead works to educate people about the various polygamist communities, including the one in Colorado City.