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05-07-2010, 06:27 PM

The act disincorporated both the LDS Church and the Perpetual Emigration Fund on the grounds that they fostered polygamy. The act prohibited the practice of polygamy and punished it with a fine of from $500 to $800 and imprisonment of up to five years. It dissolved the corporation of the church and directed the confiscation by the federal government of all church properties valued over a limit of $50,000. The act was enforced by the U.S. marshal and a host of deputies.

The act:

* Dissolved the LDS Church and the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company, with assets to be used for public schools in the Territory.[1]
* Required an anti-polygamy oath for prospective voters, jurors and public officials.
* Annulled territorial laws allowing illegitimate children to inherit.
* Required civil marriage licenses (to aid in the prosecution of polygamy).
* Abrogated the common law spousal privilege for polygamists, thus requiring wives to testify against their husbands[2]
* Disfranchised women (who had been enfranchised by the Territorial legislature in 1870).
* Replaced local judges (including the previously powerful Probate Court judges) with federally appointed judges.
* Removed local control in school textbook choice.[citation needed]