§ 189.: Polygamy prohibited—Marriage confined to monogamy.— - Christopher G. Tiedeman, A Treatise on State and Federal Control of Persons and Property in the United States considered from both a Civil and Criminal Standpoint, vol. 2 
A Treatise on State and Federal Control of Persons and Property in the United States considered from both a Civil and Criminal Standpoint (St. Louis: The F.H. Thomas Law Book Co., 1900). Vol. 2.
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- State and Federal Control of Persons and Property. Vol. II.
- Chapter X.: State Regulations of Real Property.
- § 133.: What Is Meant By “private Property In Lands?”—
- § 134.: Regulation of Estates—vested Rights.—
- § 135.: Interests In Expectancy.—
- § 136.: Limitation of the Right of Acquisition.—
- § 137.: Regulation of the Right of Alienation.—
- § 137 A.: the Right of Testamentary Alienation and Intestate Succession—taxation of Inheritances.—
- § 138.: Involuntary Alienation.—
- § 139.: Eminent Domain—general Propositions. 2 —
- § 140.: Exercise of Power Regulated By Legislature.—
- § 141.: Public Purpose, What Is A.—
- § 142.: What Property May Be Taken.—
- § 143.: What Constitutes a Taking.—
- § 144.: Compensation, How Ascertained.—
- § 145.: Regulation of the Use of Lands—what Is a Nuisance?—
- § 146.: What Is a Nuisance, a Judicial Question.—
- § 147.: The Regulation of Unwholesome and Objectionble Trades.—
- § 148.: Regulation of Mines and Mineral Products.—
- § 149.: Regulation of Burial-grounds.—
- § 150.: Laws Regulating the Construction of Buildings In Cities.—
- § 151.: Regulation of the Right to Hunt Game and to Catch Fish. 3 —
- § 152.: Abatement of Nuisances—destruction of Buildings.—
- § 153.: How Far Use of Land May Be Controlled By Requirement of License?—
- § 154.: Improvement of Property At the Expense and Against the Will of the Owner.—
- § 155.: Regulation of Non-navigable Streams—fisheries.—
- § 156.: Conversion of Non-navigable Into Navigable Streams.—
- § 157.: Statutory Liability of Lessors For the Acts of Lessees.—
- § 158.: Search Warrants—sanitary Inspection.—
- § 159.: Quartering Soldiers In Private Dwellings.—
- § 160.: Taxation—kinds of Taxes.—
- § 161.: Limitations Upon Legislative Authority.—
- Chapter XI.: State Regulation of Personal Property.
- § 162.: Laws Regulating the Creation and Acquisition of Interests In Personal Property—real and Personal Property Herein Distinguished.—
- § 163.: Statute of Uses and Rule Against Perpetuity As Regulations of Personal Property.—
- § 164.: Regulation and Prohibition of the Sale of Personal Property.—
- § 165.: Laws Regulating Disposition of Personal Property By Will. 2 —
- § 166.: Involuntary Alienation.—
- § 167.: Control of Property By Guardian.—
- § 168.: Destruction of Personal Property On Account of Illegal Use. 2 —
- § 169.: Destruction of Personal Property In the Interest of Public Health.—
- § 170.: Laws Regulating the Use of Personal Property.—
- § 171.: Prohibition of Possession of Certain Property.—
- § 172.: Regulation and Prohibition of Manufacture of Certain Property.—
- § 173.: Carrying of Concealed Weapons Prohibited.—
- § 174.: Miscellaneous Regulations of the Use of Personal Property.—
- § 175.: Laws Regulating Use and Keeping of Domestic Animals.—
- § 176.: Keeping of Dogs.—
- § 177.: Laws For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.—
- § 178.: Regulation of Contracts and Rights of Action.—
- § 179.: Regulation of Ships and Shipping.—
- Chapter XII.: State Regulation of the Relation of Husband and Wife.
- § 180.: Marriage, a Natural Status, Subject to Police Regulation.—
- § 181.: Constitutional Limitations Upon the Police Control of Marriages.—
- § 182.: Distinction Between Natural Capacity and Legal Capacity.—
- § 183.: Insanity As a Legal Incapacity.—
- § 184.: The Disability of Infancy In Respect to Marriage.—
- § 185.: Consanguinity and Affinity.—
- § 186.: Constitutional Diseases.—
- § 187.: Financial Condition—poverty.—
- § 188.: Differences In Race—miscegenation.—
- § 189.: Polygamy Prohibited—marriage Confined to Monogamy.—
- § 190.: Marriage Indissoluble—divorce.—
- § 191.: Regulation of the Marriage Ceremony.—
- § 192.: Wife In Legal Subjection to the Husband—its Justification.—
- § 193.: Husband’s Control of Wife’s Property.—
- § 194.: Legal Disabilities of Married Women.—
- Chapter XIII.: State Regulation of the Relation of Parent and Child, and of Guardian and Ward.
- § 195.: Original Character of the Relation of Parent and Child—its Political Aspect.—
- § 196.: No Limitation to State Interference.—
- § 196a.: People V. Turner.—
- § 197.: Compulsory Education.—
- § 198.: The Child’s Right to Attend the Public School—separate Schools For Negro Children—expulsion From School Must Be For a Reasonable Cause.—
- § 199.: Parent’s Duty of Maintenance.—
- § 200.: Child’s Duty to Support Indigent Parents.—
- § 201.: Relation of Guardian and Ward Altogether Subject to State Regulation.—
- § 202.: Testamentary Guardians.—
- Chapter XIV.: Police Regulation of the Relation of Master and Servant.
- § 203.: Terms “master and Servant” Defined.—
- § 204.: Relation Purely Voluntary.—
- § 205.: Apprentices.—
- § 206.: Regulation of Private Employment.—
- § 207.: Public Employments.—
- Chapter XV.: State Regulation of Corporations.
- § 208.: The Inviolability of the Charters of Private Corporations.—
- § 209.: Police Control of Corporations.—
- § 210.: Freedom From State Control, As a Franchise.—
- § 211.: Police Regulations of Corporations In General.—
- § 212.: Laws Regulating Rates and Charges of Corporations.—
- § 213.: Regulation of Foreign Corporations.—
- § 214.: Regulations of Railroads.—
- Chapter XVI.: The Location of Police Power In the Federal System of Government.
- § 215.: The United States Government One of Enumerated Powers.—
- § 216.: Police Power Generally Resides In the States.—
- § 217.: Regulations Affecting Interstate Commerce.—
- § 218.: License Tax Upon Drummers and Peddlers.—
- § 219.: Taxation of Interstate Commerce.—
- § 220.: State Regulation and Prohibition of Interstate Commerce, Particularly, Articles of Merchandise.—
- § 221.: State Regulation of Railroads and Other Common Carriers, and of Their Business, When an Interference With Interstate Commerce.—
- § 222.: The Jurisdiction of Anti-trust Laws, National and State, As Affected By the Interstate Commerce Clause.—
- § 223.: Control of Navigable Streams.—
- § 224.: Regulation of Harbors—pilotage Laws.—
- § 225.: National and State Quarantine Laws.—
- § 226.: Regulation of Weights and Measures.—
- § 227.: Counterfeiting of Coins and Currency.—
- § 228.: Regulation of the Sale of Patented Articles.—
- § 229.: War and Rebellion. 5 —
- § 230.: Regulation of the Militia.—
- § 231.: Taxation.—
- § 232.: Regulation of Offenses Against the Law of Nations.—
- § 233.: The Exercise of Police Power By Municipal Corporations.—
Polygamy prohibited—Marriage confined to monogamy.—
While voicing the universal moral sentiment of a higher civilization, the laws against polygamy likewise furnish to society a protection against the evils arising from the degradation of its females and the procreation of more children than one man is able to support. In monogamy, it is often difficult for the husband and father to provide the proper means of support for the offspring of his only wife; and in polygamy the difficulty would be greatly increased, if the system did not make plodding slaves of the women. There can be no question that the system of polygamy brings about a moral degradation of the women, treating them as mere animals, designed simply to gratify the animal passions of the man who owns them. The wife of a many-wived husband cannot feel for him the noble and ennobling sentiment of love in its higher phase, for the relation she bears to him is anything but ennobling. Then, again, it is estimated, with a reasonable show of accuracy, that the population of the world is nearly equally divided between the two sexes, the adult female predominating to a small extent. If polygamy were legalized, the logical consequence would be that a proportion of men, the number increasing in proportion to the average number of wives to each married man, would be prevented from entering into the marriage state; because through competition a wife had become a luxury, if one could be procured at all, and such men would seek the gratification of their sexual desires in illicit concubinage. Polyandry is and must be the invariable complement of polygyny.
But, at this late day, it is not necessary to point out the evils of polygamy, for the accumulated experience of the oriental world confirms the injurious character of the system which the moral consciousness of the occidental world had discovered, as if by inspiration. So generally and naturally is the evil character of polygamy recognized, that the leading American authority on the law of marriage, without any qualification or preliminary explanation, defines marriage to be “the civil status of one man and one woman united in law for life, for the discharge, to each other and the community, of the duties legally incumbent on those whose association is founded on the distinction of sex. There can be no doubt as to the constitutionality of laws against polygamy, under the general constitutional provisions; but of late the right of government to prohibit and punish polygamy in cases, where its practice is commanded, or at least sanctioned by one’s religion, is questioned on the ground that it is a violation of religious liberty, and hence contravenes the constitutional provision, relating to religious liberty. The question has been raised under the United States statutes, which relate to the practice of polygamy among the Mormons of Utah. It has been held by the Supreme Court of the United States that the constitutional guaranty of religious liberty does not extend its protection to the crimes committed under the sanction of religion.
1 Bishop Mar. & Div., § 3.
See Reynolds v. United States, 98 U. S. 145.