Religion: Polygamy Battle

As the state officials approached the bleak, cinder-block house, a hostile crowd stared at them coldly. Waiting for them in the doorway stood Vera Black, a tiny, short-haired woman of 42 and one of Leonard Black's three wives. In the house behind Vera, her eight children waited, dressed in their Sunday best.

They would have to take away the children, the man from the Utah Welfare Department said, unless the Blacks would sign an agreement to 1) give up polygamy and 2) raise the children according to the law, i.e., teach them that polygamy is wrong in the eyes of the state....

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