Polygamy has been in the news quite a bit since last month, when the state of Texas took more than 400 children into custody after hearing allegations of abuse within the tight-knit religious community known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).
This sect is a small offshoot of the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS); that's the one with the missionaries on bicycles, and Mitt Romney, and Donny Osmond, and Gladys Knight. (It's true!) The FLDS offshoot started in the early 1900s, when the LDS Church stopped practicing polygamy. Some Mormons thought their church had gone astray, wanted to continue having multiple wives -- and voila, FLDS.