Mitt Romney told students at a Christian university that marriage is ' a relationship between one man and one woman.'
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Romney told the Liberty University commencement that marriage is an 'enduring' institution that's reserved for one man and one woman.
Polygamy (called plural marriage by Mormons in the 19th century or the Principle by modern fundamentalist practitioners of polygamy) was taught by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) for more than half of the 19th century, and practiced publicly from 1852 to 1890.
The Church's practice of polygamy has been highly controversial, both within Western society and the Church itself. America was both fascinated and horrified by the practice of polygamy, with the Republican platform at one time referencing "the twin relics of barbarism - polygamy and slavery." On its web site, the Church attempts to clarify by making a clear distinction between doctrine and practice. According to the church, “The standard doctrine of the church is monogamy, as it always has been, as indicated in The Book of Mormon (Jacob chapter 2): “Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none. … For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things.” The reason given in The Book of Mormon for the practice of polygamy, then, is by revelation from God in order to "raise up seed unto [God]." The private practice of polygamy, or more accurately, polygyny, was instituted in the 1830s by founder Joseph Smith, Jr. The public practice of polygamy (“plural marriage”) by the church was announced and defended in 1852 by one of the Council of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Orson Pratt, by the request of the church President at that time, Brigham Young.