The family featured on the U.S. reality TV series “Sister Wives,” about an advertising executive and four women he calls spouses, is challenging the government’s right to criminalize its lifestyle, the family’s lawyer said.
The family…will challenge Utah’s bigamy statute. It is not trying to get the government to recognize plural marriage, just to stay out of the intimate affairs of consenting adults.
“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,” family attorney Jonathan Turley said in a statement.
“Sister Wives”, which has just concluded its second season, premiered in the U.S. on cable television in September, earning strong ratings while also drawing the attention of authorities in the Utah town of Lehi, south of Salt Lake city, where the family shared a large house.
The show documents the world of Kody Brown, then 41, and the four women he lives with — Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn — along with their children, as they seek to fit in with mainstream society while maintaining their religious beliefs in plural marriage.
Brown is legally married to just one of the women, but counts the three others as “sister wives,” a term in polygamous sects that refers to a husband’s multiple marital partners…
Utah law enforcement officials conducted an investigation into the family but no charges have been filed, and their lawyer has previously praised prosecutors for their “commendable discretion and judgment” in the case…
Plural marriage, an early tenant of the Mormon faith and once common in Utah, was renounced by the church more than 150 years ago and outlawed, as it already was in the rest of the country, as Utah was seeking statehood.
Opposing states’ rights to prosecute people for their private relations, demanding equal treatment with other ordinary citizens is something that should be defended by any libertarian, democrat, old-fashioned Christian alike.
All this crap derives from politicians who hope to profit from choosing issues popular with organized [profitable] religions, held as somehow sacred to belief systems roughly akin to the Inquisition – the clown army ready to jail anyone on the spot who actually cares enough to fight to be free from paternalist supervision.