On the Outs
Now that the Mormons’ actions were legally condemned, their place on the outskirts of American society was now palpable. With these new legal woes they had to decide whether or not they wanted to give into these legal pressures and ignore their religious duties, or if they were willing to accept the consequences for maintaining their polygamist practices.
Thousands of Mormons refused to compromise their religious beliefs in order to appease the law. As a result 1,300 Mormon men were imprisoned for unlawful cohabitation between 1880-1890.
Even if individual Mormons did not practice polygamy, they were still subject to much discrimination from the state, as many of Mormon’s civil rights were infringed upon. For example, civil rights violations include the fact that “Mormons were denied the right to serve as jurors; Mormons were denied the right to hold elective and public offices; Mormons were denied their franchise; children of polygamous marriages were denied inheritance rights; and the immigration of Mormons into the United States was obstructed and foreign-born Mormons were denied citizenship.”
Although these Mormons were American citizens and subject to the jurisdiction of American law, many of their civil rights were affronted.
 Ray J. Davis, “Plural Marriage and Religious Freedom: The Impact of Reynolds v. United States,” Arizona Law Review 15 (1973): 287-306, accessed October 18, 2011, doi http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/arz15&div=20&g_sent=1&collection=journals, 291.
 Edwin B. Firmage, “Free Exercise of Religion in Nineteenth Century America: The Mormon Cases,” Journal of Law and Religion 7 (1989): 281-313, accessed October 18, 2011, doi http://www.jstor.org/stable/1051123, 299.