North Carolina State Rep. Alma Adams (D) told CNN that from what she “understand[s] about the Mormon faith you can have multiple wives. That’s sort of a contradiction. There are questions about who Romney is and what he believes in terms of that particular issue.”
Adams, who is chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus in the North Carolina General Assembly, made the reference to Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith by saying it might negatively infuence his support among conservatives in the state.
As Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins points out, Adams’ “understanding” of the Mormon faith is wrong:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stopped practicing polygamy in 1890, and the practice is considered sinful in modern Mormonism. Polygamists are excommunicated from the Mormon Church.
Update: Democratic strategist Paul Begala condemns Adams’ remarks on Twitter:
Update II: Adams has apologized for her remarks via a statement from her office:
“I want to apologize in no uncertain terms for my comments on Mitt Romney and the Mormon faith. I recognize there is no place in our public or political discourse for such comments, I regret making them and am sorry for any hurt or misunderstanding they may have caused.”