U.S. Senate Passes Edmunds-Tucker Bill Aimed at Mormon Church

U.S. Senate Passes Edmunds-Tucker Bill Aimed at Mormon Church

Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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The U.S. Senate passes the Edmunds-Tucker bill by a vote of 38-7. Designed to suppress the Mormon church, it will stall in the House of Representatives with various amendments and won't be passed there until February 1887.

This law abolishes women's suffrage in the Utah Territory, declares all LDS church property over $50,000 forfeited to the federal government, replaces local judges with federal judges, requires anti-polygamy oaths from jurors, voters, and government officials, annuls laws that allow illegitimate children to inherit property, eliminates common-law spousal privileges (like for example wives not having to testify against husbands), and required all couples to get civil marriage licenses.

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