Bountiful women to defend practice of polygamy
A judge has postponed his decision on whether video testimony from a B.C. court case on polygamy can be broadcast to the public, saying he wants to hear from one of the witnesses involved.
A B.C. courtroom will hear testimony this week from women living in the secretive polygamous commune of Bountiful.
The court is examining the constitutionality of Canada's polygamy law.
It has heard from several former residents of polygamous communities saying they faced control and abuse.
But women currently living in Bountiful are expected to offer a very different story today.
They will testify that polygamy has been a positive force in their lives and will ask that the law against multiple marriage be thrown out.
The women have been granted a rare request to testify anonymously, and their faces will be shielded from everyone in the court.
Bountiful has been under intense scrutiny during the hearings, which were prompted by the failed prosecution of the community's two leaders.
Legal experts have predicted the case will be eventually end up at the Supreme Court of Canada.