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Part Two The Utah Constitution and Commentary, Art.III Ordinance

From: The Utah State Constitution

Jean Bickmore White

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 May 2021

This article was placed in the original constitution in response to specific requirements in the Enabling Act passed by Congress and signed by President Grover Cleveland on 16 July 1894.23 In addition to the provisions for religious tolerance, nonsectarian public schools, land grants to the new state, and assumption of territorial debts commonly found in the enabling acts of other western states, Utah’s Enabling Act prohibited polygamous marriages forever. This was to provide assurance that polygamy—the most visible stumbling block to statehood—would not be legal...
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