Kody Brown, Et Al
Vs. Utah

TLC's Sister Wives family is gearing up to go a few rounds with the state of Utah in hopes of bringing down the bigamy law that makes their lifestyle technically illegal.

The Sister Wives family is ready to fight for their way of life. According to reports, the family, led by patriarch Kody Brown, plans to file a lawsuit against the state of Utah on Wednesday.

Sister Wives

TMZ reports the Sister Wives family is challenging the bigamy (the act of entering into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another) law that makes their plural family illegal. Kody Brown is only legally married to first wife Meri, and has spiritual unions with Janelle, Christine and Robyn. Unfortunately for the family, state law identifies bigamy through cohabitation, not just legal marriage.

Speaking of the lawsuit, the Brown family attorney wrote on his blog, "We are not demanding the recognition of polygamous marriage. We are only challenging the right of the state to prosecute people for their private relations and demanding equal treatment with other citizens in living their lives according to their own beliefs."

The attorney adds, "It is a challenge designed to benefit not just polygamists but all citizens who wish to live their lives according to their own values -- even if those values run counter to those of the majority in the state."

Is it the state of Utah's business what consenting adults do behind closed doors? How would you rule in the Sister Wives lawsuit?


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Comments on "Sister Wives to sue Utah over bigamy law"

Randy D. October 27, 2011 | 6:09 AM

First of all I am against this. Secondly if it is against the law, why are still even being allow to air this show and have him bounce from home to home. Finally I think that if this "Sister Wives" aren't carefull, their female children may end up with children of their own or married to him. This would be those Polgamist he in Texas, under the leadership of Warren Jessip

hannaA July 18, 2011 | 10:48 PM

Polygamy and bigamy are against the law in the state of Utah, but the household in the television show “Sister Wives” is taking the state to the courtroom to challenge the validity of those laws. The suit holds that bigamy rules violate the family's right to spiritual freedom, and they want an injunction issued against any possible criminal prosecution for breaking anti-bigamy and polygamy laws. The proof is here: Polygamist family from Sister Wives show taking Utah to court. You can that out for a detailed information.

Tara July 12, 2011 | 3:37 PM

I'd allow them to live how they want to live. They aren't hurting anyone, everyone willingly got married. No one is forced, no one is unhappy. Happiness is the important part, and the reason we get married in the first place. The children are all healthy, there's nothing wrong with any of them. They are all loved.

Douglas Ledet July 12, 2011 | 10:00 AM

I would throw these sick puppies into jail without visitation rights to the children (the real victims here) and only allow them to leave after intense mental therapy.

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