What is the practice of having more than one wife called and what state does this happen

Having more than one spouse is called polygamy. More specifically, having more than one wife is polygyny and more than one husband is polyandry.

Polygamy is illegal in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe but is allowed in some African, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries. Despite the fact that it is illegal, many still choose to practice it in secret. Most likely there are at least a handful of polygamists in every state of the US.

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