Should Kody Brown And Family Be Afraid?

Kody Brown and family, featured on TLC's Sister Wives, fled Utah fearing legal action against their lifestyle. Is their lawsuit against the state justified or nothing more than "great TV drama?"

The Sister Wives legal drama continues as Kody Brown and the mothers of his 17 children (one of whom he is legally married to, with three others joined in spiritual unions) have asked a Utah federal judge not to block their challenge of the state's bigamy law.

Sister Wives

The Sister Wives family has challenged Utah's law against bigamy, claiming the law is unconstitutional because it violates their right to privacy -- prohibiting them from living together and criminalizing their private sexual relationships. Though the family no longer lives in the state of Utah, after having fled in response to police launching a bigamy investigation, they continue to fight the courts.

Kody Brown and his four wives practice polygamy as a part of their religion. Though only legally wed to first wife Meri, state law defines those guilty of bigamy as both those who have multiple marriage licenses, and those who cohabitate with another consenting adult in a marriage-like relationship. With the birth of fourth wife's Robyn's son Solomon, the Browns fit squarely in the latter part of that definition.

The Associated Press reports, "For the case to go forward, the judge must decide the Browns have been harmed by the bigamy law." A lawyer for the Sister Wives family insists they have, citing losses of income, being forced to move out of state because of the bigamy investigation and "reputational harm."

"This family was fearful of arrest... they still are," the family lawyer Jonathan Turley said. "It's why they are not here (in court) today."

Voicing the other side of the argument is Utah Assistant Attorney General Jerrold Jensen, who called the Browns' legal action a "great TV drama." Pointing out the Brown family has neither been arrested nor charged with any crime, Jensen believes the family was harmed by publicizing their lifestyle on television.

"The Browns have perceived that they will be prosecuted," Jensen said. "That is a misperception, at least at this point." He then went on to add the court's investigation of the family is not about bigamy, saying only, "It's over something else."

Do you think Kody Brown and the Sister Wives family were smart to flee the state of Utah?

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Comments on "Sister Wives taking bigamy laws to court"

Brett May 14, 2013 | 5:49 PM

For a state (Utah) and a religion (Utah MORMONS)that talk so much about how their church was persecuted in the past it seems strange that they now persecute people who practise the very same beliefs which they were "persecuted" for in the past...OK can you say "ABUSE OF POWER" or "HYPOCRITES". This is ultimately about FREEDOM people: IF YOU DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT ATTACKING YOU FOR YOUR IDEAS, ATTITUDES, BELIEFS...ETC, THEN YOU HAVE TO ALLOW OTHERS THE FREEDOM TO HAVE IDEAS, ATTITUDES, BELIEFS...ETC THAT ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOURS. EVEN IF YOU DISAGREE WITH OTHERS, YOU MUST FIGHT FOR THEIR FREEDOMS OR YOU WILL EVENTUALLY LOSE YOUR OWN FREEDOM AS WELL. To Marcia and Diane above and to all others with strong opinions about other peoples choices...ponder your own weirdness and ask how it would feel to have the Government/Police attacking you for your 'weirdness" or "differentness". Imagine being forced to study Islam or Catholicism and convert or be jailed, fined, or killed. Brings it all into perspective doesn't it?

Marcia July 26, 2012 | 2:09 PM

They are a joke. I think it was funny they fled so they would't go to jail.Putting them on TV dosen't make sense. They are wrong no one wants to hear their story. Why don't they just live their sick lives, and keep quiet. No one cares!!!!!!

Julie December 18, 2011 | 3:23 AM

Its not right this family had to worry about the law. They are all grown adults who made their own choices. It's legal for a single guy to have many children but if the man chooses to take care of the mothers and children then its illegal. Where I have some concern is the children. They can't be getting enough from there father if he is only around every fifth day. Plus having that many kids. How can he be a good father? Plus he keeps having more. You can tell by watching the show that the ones he has aren't happy so why have more?? I have wondered how he made his money before. Are any of the other women on the system? They are single mothers with lots of kids. Botttom line I think the government is to much in citizens lives. America does not seem to free anymore. I think they should fight the courts although don't know if it will do any good.

Diane December 17, 2011 | 6:21 AM

They are just creepy.

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