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SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Legislation to effectively decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults in Utah overwhelmingly passed the state House of Representatives in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, moving it a step closer to becoming law. FILE PHOTO: The Utah state capitol is pictured on the first day of the legislative session in Salt Lake City, Utah, January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart. The measure reduces the criminal penalty for plural marriage from a felony to an infraction on par with a traffic ticket. It cleared the House on a vote of 70-3. The bill, which originated in the Senate, now goes back to that body for a final vote to approve a technical amendment made in the House. Both chambers are controlled by a Republican majority. Full story

27 February