Polygamist upset by Santorum

BY Advocate.com Editors

April 24 2003 11:00 PM ET

The leader of one of Utah's largest polygamist sects has objected to Sen. Rick Santorum's comment lumping together polygamy with other practices the Pennsylvania Republican considers to be antifamily. Santorum has been under fire for comparing homosexuality to bigamy, polygamy, incest, and adultery.

Owen Allred, 89, head of the United Apostolic Brethen, based in the Salt Lake City suburb of Bluffdale, said he agrees with Santorum in part. "He is absolutely right. The people of the United States are doing whatever they can to do away with the sacred rights of marriage," Allred told The Salt
Lake Tribune.
But Allred said Santorum's inclusion of polygamy in his list tarnishes a religious tradition whose roots are traced to biblical figures such as Abraham, Jacob, and Moses--defiling them as "immoral and dirty."

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