Zakuska Posted October 20, 2011 Share Posted October 20, 2011 So remember when everyone was arguing over Proposition 8 and everyone was saying.... This is a slippery slop... and the next thing we know people will be suing and trying to reinstitute Polygamy?Well the slop has slipped..Polygamist family from Sister Wives show suing Utah StateThe polygamist household in The Learning Channel reality show "Sister Wives" has submitted a lawsuit against the state of Utah, challenging anti-bigamy statues that make polygamy illegal. The lawsuit holds that bigamy laws breach the family's right to religious freedom, and they want an injunction issued against any possible prosecution for violating anti-bigamy and polygamy laws. Source of article - Polygamist family from Sister Wives show taking Utah to court by Newsytype.com.Claims of why suit should passThe Brown household, featured on reality television show "Sister Wives," is suing the state of Utah, as reported by the International Business Times, to preventprosecution against family patriarch Kody Brown and his wives. Many Utah polygamists end up being charged with bigamy. Due to fear of these same criminal charges hitting the Browns, the household moved last year from Utah to Nevada. Now the household wants to move back to Utah. The Christian Science Monitor states that bigamy is an enormous problem. It is a third-degree felony in the state. The family is hoping the suit will give them an injunction against criminal prosecution. It states the branch of the Mormon church that the Browns belong to practices polygamy making it a First Amendment right to do so.Can Utah get involved?Brown's lawyer said that because heterosexual relationships involving more than one partner aren't illegal, polygamy shouldn't be either. Two suits similar against Utah were not successful, whether they were in federal court or state court. The Browns don't currently face any charges, though authorities in their hometown of Lehi, Utah, were looking into filing charges after the family started starring in the show on TLC. Each state views bigamy differently, but essentially the offense is entering into more than one marriage. All of Kody Brown's unions are "spiritual," he states, as he is only legally married to one of his wives. The suit contends that as the relationships are consensual and are only official in the Fundamentalist Mormon church the household is part of, the state thus has no business interfering, as reported by Courthouse News. Some polygamists are able to get away with it in Utah. Several suggest this is due to the state's involvement with the LDS church in history. There are some Fundamentalist Mormons that will marry young girls and older men together. This is what happened to Fundamentalist Mormon leader and convicted sex offender Warren Jeffs.Other cases of bigamy occurringAs reported by UPI, a male was charged in October with bigamy in Florida when his wife discovered he had married another woman in Las Vegas. Since Florida only recognizes bigamy if the second marriage happens in Florida, the suit was dismissed this month. The Virginia Pilot Online reports that a Portsmouth, Va., male got convicted of bigamy in June as he married his wife without first divorcing the woman he was married to but had been separated from for years. He could face 20 years. Bobbi Ann Finley, according to the Daily Mail, was convicted of bigamy after marrying 14 different men in the military over a period of almost 20 years. She used the legal spouse status to take all their money after leaving them. http://www.dailygrail.com/stream/2011/7/Polygamist-family-Sister-Wives-show-suing-Utah-State All I can say is we tried to tell ya so. Link to comment
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