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.
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.”