The polygamist communities living outside Las Vegas are being forced to adjust as more outsiders move to the region. St. George and Washington County, about two hours from Vegas, have grown rapidly over the past decade. "St. George, about 35 miles away, grew and changed, drawing more non-Mormons than ever before, and polygamist builders were often the ones framing rows of new homes and pouring concrete foundations," the New York Times reported.
Implications - The two sides of the polygamy debate have gotten to know each other better over time and developed a sense of flexibility around their opposing values. Working together has resulted in respecting some of the polygamists as individuals rather than members of a deviating group.
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Polygamists Becoming Less Isolated
- By: Ben PreissSep 10, 2007 Updated: Aug 8 2011