Davis v. Beason,
133 U.S. 333 (1890)

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Davis v. Beason, 133 U.S. 333 (1890)

Davis v. Beason

No. 1261

Argued December 9-10, 1889

Decided February 3, 1890

133 U.S. 333




The provision in § 501, Rev.Stats.Idaho, that

"No person who is a bigamist or polygamist, or who teaches, advises, counsels or encourages any person or persona to become bigamists or polygamists or to commit any other crime defined by law, or to enter into what is known as plural or celestial marriage, or who is a member of any order, organization, or association which teaches, advises, counsels or encourages its members or devotees or any other persons to commit the crime of bigamy or polygamy, or any other crime defined by law, either as a rite or ceremony of such order, organization or association or otherwise, is permitted to vote at any election, or to hold any position or office of honor, trust or profit within this territory"

Primary Holding

Banning polygamy, which is accepted in some religions, does not violate the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.

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