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State v. Green

99 P.3d 820 (2004)

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State v. Green

Utah Supreme Court

99 P.3d 820 (2004)

Facts

Thomas Green (defendant) maintained simultaneous relationships with multiple women, all of whom resided together in a group of mobile homes. Although Green considered each woman to be his wife, he obtained a divorce before entering into any new marriage for which a licensed ceremony was to occur. The state of Utah (plaintiff) charged Green with violating Utah’s bigamy statute, which prohibited a married person from marrying or cohabiting with another person. Green countered by arguing that the statute unconstitutionally targeted the practices of his religion. Green was convicted in the trial court. The case was appealed to the Utah Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Parrish, J.)

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