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How is polyamory different from polygamy?
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  1. Polygamy is the act of being married to multiple persons at one time, as opposed to monogamy, which is when a person has only one spouse. Polygamy is illegal in many countries, including the United States, and many consider it immoral. Polyamory, on the other hand, is when a person is in love with more than one person at the same time. Therefore, most polygamists practice polyamory, but not all polyamorists necessarily believe in or take part in polygamy. A polyamorous family may simply consist of several adults living together, splitting expenses, caring for each other's children and sharing sexual access with one another, but they don't form a legal marriage.

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