First, back in the day, Utah had to abandon and denounce any plural marriages as a pre condition to gaining statehood. It even had to be written into the Utah State Constitution.
Fast forward a century and some change. Now a federal judge has struck down parts of Utah’s anti-polygamy law as unconstitutional. Once again plural marriage is right at the forefront of Utah politics as it was 117 years ago. Then last Friday a Federal Judge Struck down Utah State Constitution amendment 3, which defined marriage as between 1 man and 1 woman.
Utah just can't seem to appease the government with regards to marriage no matter what they do. These federal rulings, among other things, have strangely brought the potential for polygamy closer than it's been in a hundred years. Utah certainly has some interesting things going on.
It's ironic that the federal government forced Utah to adopt a traditional definition of marriage at statehood in 1896, and and is now being told the definitions are invalid or unconstitutional.
And here I used to think politics were boring...