Currently, polygamy is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
A bill that effectively decriminalizes polygamy between consenting adults unanimously passed by the Utah Senate
The bill would make polygamy an infraction, amending the current penalty punishable by up to five years in prison. Republican Sen. Deidre Henderson sponsored the bill.
It passed Tuesday and now will make its way to the House of Representatives.
Polygamy is most often considered to be a relationship between one man and multiple women, whom he claims are his wives.
Any case of an arrangement stems from threat or coercion or occurs under fraudulent pretences, would remain a third-degree felony.
As the bill did draw criticism, with some arguing that it wouldn’t do enough to protect victims in underage marriages, according to The Associated Press.