Clark Waddoups

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah lawmaker is abandoning an effort to change the state's polygamy laws to comply with a federal judge's ruling striking down key parts of the laws. 

Rep. Jerry Anderson introduced a bill this year that removes part of the bigamy law banning cohabitation with another person.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled in December that was a violation of the First Amendment, which guarantees the freedom of religion.