You may know the Brown’s from their hit TV show “Sister Wives“, where the four women on the show are married to the same man, Kody Brown. All four of the women for the most part live in separate houses, but openly and knowingly share their families and the same husband. When the show first aired a few years ago there were only 3 wives, but during the course of the show Kody took on a 4th wife, Robin.
Sister Wives Win Polygamy Case In Utah Court[caption id="attachment_90873" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kody Brown and his 4 wives win a landmark case in Utah, claiming their right to a legal polygamous relationship.[/caption] In the legal sense of the word, Polygamy is illegal across the country. It is unlawful for a man to marry more than one woman at the same time, and in many cases it had been considered illegal for a man to live with more than one supposed wife under the same roof. This past week in Utah, U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups sided with the Browns when he determined that the state’s current Polygamy laws were unconstitutional and violated many polygamists 1st Amendment rights. The 1st Amendment guarantees all people in the US the right to freedom of religion.
Since Kody Brown only has one marriage certificate and is only legally married to one wife, the judge determined that he and his family were living within the means of the law. Polygamy will only be able to be prosecuted in cases where a married person has more than one legal spouse and more than one marriage license. The Browns had married their additional spouses only through religious ceremony, and not through legal means.
The ruling in this court case has sent shock waves not only throughout Utah and the Mormon Church, but throughout much of the country. Many conservatives feel that there is currently an attack on what they consider to be conventional marriage, with the legalization of same-sex marriages and now this ruling on polygamy. Either way, this country was founded on the beliefs that all citizens should have the right to religious freedoms, and in this case their exercising of their religion did not violate the law as it is written.
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Sister Wives Win Polygamy Case In Utah Court.