Chalk up a win for Kody Brown and his four wives, stars of TLC’s Sister Wives, based on a polygamous family.
As reported on Jezebel, Utah County prosecutor Jeff Bunham says he’s closed his bigamy investigation against the Browns.
Brown and his wives Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn moved their sixteen children to Las Vegas in January 2011 when Utah authorities launched the investigation after seeing the family openly living as polygamists on their reality show. Kody Brown subsequently filed a lawsuit challenging Utah’s right to prosecute people for their private relationships. Brown believes Utah’s bigamy statute violates his family’s constitutional rights. Here is his statement, according to the AP:
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… In that sense, 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.
Now the Utah attorney who dropped the case against the Browns says their lawsuit should be dismissed as since he’s dropped his investigation, the case is “moot,” and says his office will only pursue bigamy cases if there is evidence of victim or fraud.
Basically, it appears that the Browns were about to score one for the bigamy/polygamy team when the prosecutor called time-out. What do you think? Should consenting adults be able to practice polygamy and raise children together? Is there any fallout?
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