A B.C. court case testing the validity of Canada’s law against multiple marriages has been told polygamy is linked to teenage marriage, higher crime and a higher child death rate.

The testimony came from UBC professor Joseph Henrich, an expert in polygamy. He says polygamy increases the pool of low-status unmarried men, which leads to more crime and substance abuse. He says it also lowers the age at which women marry and decreases gender equality.

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