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Active Mormons become offended when Joseph Smith is tagged as an adulterer.

In a polygamist setting, only ONE of those marriages can be recognized as “legal.” Joseph was legitimately married to his first wife, Emma. Even the church (now) admits he had 30+ wives. How, in the eyes of the law, can any other woman than Emma be legally counted as his? By God? This appears to be his justification for taking women who were already married. There is no legal merit for his other unions, even if one were to admit they were sanctioned by God, which they were not.

No, Joseph Smith was one of the vilest adulterers in early 19th century America.