Monday, January 16, 2017

‘Sister Wives’ polygamy case goes to Supreme Court

Joe Grabowski
After the Supreme Court’s ruling on so-called same-sex marriage, critics warned that the legalization of  polygamy would be next. Well, it just might be. Tuesday Joe Grabowski, spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage will join Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll Tuesday to discuss the Brown v. Buhman, better known as the ‘Sister Wives’ case.

Sister Wives is a reality television program featuring a polygamist family, Kody Brown, his four wives and 18 children. Brown filed suit in federal court challenging Utah’s anti-polygamy law which he quickly won in the district court; however, a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit ordered the suit dismissed on standing grounds. The court found that since Utah rarely enforced the anti-polygamy law Brown was unlikely to be adversely affected and thus he had no standing to challenge the law.

Brown is represented in the case by the well-known constitutional lawyer George
TLC's Sister Wives' Kody Brown & his 4 wives
Washington Law School professor Jonathan Turley. The case has been appealed to the Supreme Court which has not indicated if it will hear it, but has asked Utah for a reply brief.

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