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New name, logo for foes of polygamy

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A group that has led the drive for more aggressive prosecution of crimes related to polygamy has changed its name to better clarify its position on the controversial topic.

Members of Tapestry of Polygamy announced Wednesday they have changed the group moniker to Tapestry Against Polygamy because some thought the group was in support of polygamy, not against the practice outlawed by state leaders in 1896 when Utah was granted statehood.

"Our name change is obvious," said Vicky Prunty, Tapestry's executive director. "Too many people who are not familiar with Tapestry think we are pro-polygamy."

The word "of" and "for" are "too close for comfort," Prunty said, and some practicing polygamists even called Tapestry's help phone line seeking advice.

Tapestry was founded by ex-polygamous wives who now oppose the practice and want to help other women get out. The group provides services and support for women and children leaving the lifestyle and has been vocal about prosecutions relating to polygamy in Utah during the past three years.

The name change brought with it a new logo — a flying dove — symbolic of "our flight from polygamy and the new life we are creating for ourselves and our families," according to a statement released Wednesday. "Tapestry's continued focus is to create a choice and a voice through education, advocacy and support."

Part of the beefed-up advocacy and education is an upgrade to the group's Web site www.polygamy.org, which includes a history of polygamy, links to the Utah Legislature, "danger signs" of polygamy and updates about an ongoing court case involving a self-professed polygamist in central Utah.

Much of the group's attention is focused on the trial of polygamist Tom Green, who has been arraigned on four counts of bigamy, one count of child rape and child support charges in Juab County.

Tapestry has been in touch with friends and members of the 52-year-old Green's family and provides personal anecdotes and experiences on the Web site. The site quotes Juab County Attorney David O. Leavitt, Green and one of his wives.

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