January 14, 2015 4:49 pm
Updated: January 14, 2015 5:58 pm

Supreme Court bans BC polygamy group from using name of Mormon church

Winston Blackmore is seen outside his community hall in the isolated religious commune of Bountiful, B.C., on Nov. 23, 2011.


SALT LAKE CITY – The Supreme Court in British Columbia has banned a polygamous group from using the name of the mainstream Mormon church.

The order issued Monday prohibits a small group run by Winston Blackmore from using the Utah-based church’s official name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It also forbids the sect from using “Latter-day Saints,” “Mormon” or any other name that creates confusion.

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LDS spokesman Eric Hawkins says the church is pleased with the decision that protects its interests and reduces confusion.

Blackmore’s attorney wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Blackmore’s group resides in the community of Bountiful, just over the border from Idaho. His members follow a fundamentalist form of Mormonism that, unlike the mainstream church, still condones polygamy.

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