The offense of willfully and knowingly having more than one wife or husband at the same time.
The offense of willfully and knowingly entering into a second marriage while validly married to another individual is bigamy.
It freed me from over 5 years of scrutinizing my internal and external worlds, looking for what was wrong. After more than a decade of struggling with relationship issues, I saw that the trouble might well be less with me (or with my partners or with not choosing or being chosen by the "right" partner) than it was with a simple mismatch between me and monogamy, or the institution of marriage as we know it.
My professional training, my spiritual education and my personal philosophy all pointed in the opposite direction – that maturity and peace came with tempering the will through acceptance of and skillful working with the reality of one’s circumstances.
It resolved my lifelong sense that my sexual feelings were at once wonderful and out of synch with accepted societal norms.
The term is used in related ways in social anthropology, sociology, as well as in popular speech.
The vast majority -- perhaps totaling 30,000 to 50,000 individuals -- follow one of the Fundamentalist Mormon denominations which have been excommunicated from the main denomination: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
There are many allegations of sexual abuse, trafficing of teenage girls, expelling of male teenagers from the community, welfare fraud, forced marriages of young women to much older men, etc associated with fundamentalist Mormon faith groups.
"'Despite Qureshi's desire to make her husband happy, things didn't work out quite as she had hoped with her husband spending at most a couple of hours a week at her home, instead of the three to four days they had originally agreed upon.'I would like to find a co-wife who is similar to me,' she smiles.
'I hear these stories of these co-wives where there are three or four of them and they are best friends like the Sex and the City girls.