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The Utah town of Big Water was still in business Wednesday, the day after some of its citizens failed to get rid of their polygamist libertarian mayor when a measure to get rid of the town was voted down. The vote against disincorporation stood at 101 to 71, including a dozen challenged votes, "but with only 12 votes, it wouldn't have made any difference," said Dave Hansen, Utah's deputy lieutenant governor.
March 28, 2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A West Texas jury has found a former associate of polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs guilty of bigamy. Wendell Loy Nielsen, 71, stood trial for marrying three women in addition to his legal wife, two of whom he married on the same day in 2006. At trial this month, his attorney had argued that the sect's “celestial marriages” did not violate state bigamy laws. The jury in San Midland, about 330 miles west of Dallas, deliberated for about an hour and a half before finding Nielsen guilty Wednesday of three counts of bigamy, court clerks told The Times.  Nielsen is the former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon offshoot sect.
May 16, 2006
Re "The Enclave," two-part series, May 12 and 13 It is absolutely beyond belief that the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been able to flout the law with seeming impunity from serious prosecution. The Latter-day Saints church based in Salt Lake City bears a substantial burden as it relates to ridding this area of the misdeeds of these FLDS elders who, after all, practice the mainstream Mormon religion as it was practiced by the larger church until the 1890s.
February 26, 2006 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
MAYBE you know a family like the Henricksons. But probably not. The father, Bill, is a genial home improvement chain store owner in Salt Lake City. He lives with three wives and seven children, in three adjacent homes in the suburbs. Needless to say, it's complicated. Some of their problems are the usual ones -- work, money, sex, children -- scaled up by a factor of three. The others are extraordinary.
June 9, 2007 | From Reuters
As "Big Love" enters a second season Monday, the HBO series is inspiring a variety of emotions among real polygamists where the show is set, in a Salt Lake City suburb. "There's a certain truth to it," said Anne Wilde, a 71-year-old widow who was part of a family of plural wives for 33 years. "Here's a family of three wives that lives in the community, and they just blend into the neighborhood, although they don't say too much about it."
May 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Families of children seized from their polygamist sect's ranch could flee Texas if they regained custody, child welfare authorities said Tuesday as they urged the state Supreme Court to block a ruling that found the massive removals to be improper.
Forget about the war in Afghanistan and the bloodletting between Israelis and Palestinians. Nihad abu Qomsan and legions of Arab women are angry, fuming in fact, because of a middle-aged man named Hag Mitwalli. Mitwalli really hits home for these women, dropping in every evening around 6. He is the lead character in a dramatic series that is the hottest--and most controversial--show in Egypt and parts of the Arab world. The show promotes polygamy, and Mitwalli is the happy-go-lucky polygamist.
February 26, 2006 | Lynn Smith
ANOTHER loving husband might notice his wife is upset and ask what's wrong. In "Big Love," Bill Henrickson asks Nicki, one of his three wives, "Do you want me to lay a blessing on you?" The new HBO series takes viewers into its own world, a world where men may murder and steal, women may backstab and lie, but no one would think of using alcohol, tobacco or language stronger than "Oh, fudge."
December 25, 1988 | DELTHIA RICKS, United Press International
She had to hike up a mountain to get there. Past barley fields and grazing yaks, treading along the stony paths that led to the high Himalayan valley regions that border Tibet and Nepal. Nestled in this remote area of northwestern Nepal is a tiny settlement of ethnic Tibetan Buddhists, the land of the Nyinba, where UCLA anthropologist Nancy Levine found one of the last flourishing polyandrous populations, a society where women marry several men.
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