Bigamy: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Bigamy, or the practice of marrying more than one person, isn’t a huge part of American culture, but it’s still prevalent everywhere. As such, there is a lot to learn about the subject that many people don’t know. Here are just some of the facts. Stay tuned for the second part of the article, which is coming soon!

Number Fifteen: Bigamy Can Lead to Denied Citizenship

In America, being polygamous isn’t supported. If the country learns that you may be a polygamist, then they usually follow with denying one of any American citizenship which is interesting to realize.

Number Fourteen: There’s a Bigger Population Than You’d Think

Bigamy is a bigger thing than people realize, even if it is pretty much under the radar. In Utah, for instance, there are about 40,000 individuals who are engaged in it currently.

Number Thirteen: It Used to be the Norm

Having just one spouse or partner is a relatively modern thing. It wasn’t until the 1600s that multiple partners were seen as the “wrong” thing to have.

Number Twelve: It’s a Part of History

Although bigamy isn’t a huge part of American culture by any means, it has been a part of its history. Andrew Jackson, which was America’s 7th president, had a wife that was also married to another person.

Number Eleven: Some Countries Will Allow it Under This Condition

Despite the fact that most countries do not allow polygamy of any kind, some nations will allow it if you’re a Muslim. Such countries include India and Singapore.

Number Ten: It’s a Crime in Some Areas

In some parts of the world, bigamy is an offense which can land someone in jail for years. Some people who have been caught in such an engagement had to serve a sentence of 7 years. Can you imagine that?

Number Nine: Nigeria is a Polygamy Hot Spot

Some nations have much larger cases of bigamy than others, and such is the case in Nigeria. More than 49 million people in the nation have more than one spouse. That is certainly a lot of people!

Bigamy has an interesting part in this world. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!