Canada’s biggest polygamist, who has 27 wives and 145 children, has said that he does not agree with legalizing polygamy because it could lead to the exploitation of women.
Winston Blackmore, the leader of a polygamous Mormon fundamentalist group in Canada, is being prosecuted by the Canadian government for polygamy, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.
The 59-year-old who, was a bishop for the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, told an audience in Salt Lake City on Friday that he doesn’t favor the legalization of polygamy.
He said instead he fears that legalizing it would lead to the exploitation of women.
Blackmore, who has married 27 women and has 145 children, was arrested for polygamy in 2007.
But those charges were later dropped over concerns of how the special prosecutor was selected, the Tribune reported.
‘And those suckers are after me day and night,’ Blackmore told the audience, according to the Tribune.
‘I’m going to have to go another round with them.’
But Blackmore’s views aren’t completely unheard of as polygamists in Utah have tried to push for the state to change it’s bigamy statute so that there wouldn’t be criminal charges for polygamy, the Tribune reported.
‘I beat ’em the first round for prosecutor shopping,’ Blackmore said.
Black more was charged for polygamy again in 2014, but a trial date hasn’t been set yet.
He said that Canada has changed the definition of common-law marriages in order to prosecute him, according to the Tribune.
Blackmore said that he and his wives are officially ‘friends’, adding that despite them being friends, ‘they still charge us with polygamy’.
He told the audience that he never courted any of his wives and instead some of them approached him about becoming his wife.