Mar 11, 2014
Utah Judge Strikes Down Polygamy Law
Posted on Dec 14, 2013
A U.S. District Court judge ruled key parts of Utah’s polygamy law unconstitutional, a decision that effectively decriminalizes polygamy.
The ruling is the latest development in a lawsuit filed by the family of Kody Brown, a star of cable TV channel TLC’s reality show “Sister Wives.”
The Salt Lake Tribune explains:
The ruling makes bigamy, the act of marrying a person while already being married to another, illegal only in the literal sense, as when someone fraudulently acquires multiple marriage licenses.
The Browns filed their lawsuit in July 2011, arguing that Utah’s law violated their right to privacy. That argument relied upon the 2003 Supreme Court decision that struck down a Texas law banning sodomy. The Brown family also faced possible prosecution from Utah County. Nearly a year after they filed their suit, however, Utah County District Attorney Jeff Buhman announced his office wouldn’t file bigamy charges against consenting adult polygamists unless violence, fraud or abuse was involved.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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