Appeals court rejects ‘Sister Wives’ challenge to polygamy ban in Utah – USA TODAY

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DENVER — A federal appeals court rejected a challenge to Utah’s polygamy ban, dismissing on Monday a case brought by the family featured in the TLC reality show “Sister Wives,” which chronicles the life of a man with four spouses.

Since Utah officials have declared they don’t prosecute polygamists in absence of any other crimes, the whole matter is “moot,” and should be dismissed entirely, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said.

The Brown family, which includes Kody Brown, his four wives, Meri, Christine, Janelle and Robyn, and 17 children, sued state and local officials in 2011, seeking to overturn the ban. The family moved from Utah to Nevada to escape what they said was persecution by police and prosecutors. The family argues that plural marriage is a key part of their faith. Kody Brown is legally married to one wife and “spiritually” married to the other three women, and they live as one family.  The show has aired for six seasons on TLC.

A lawyer for the Brown family said in a statement they will consider another appeal. A lower federal court had previously sided with the Browns, and ruled the state’s law banning polygamy unconstitutional.The Denver-based appeals court decision overturns that ruling.

“The Brown family is obviously disappointed in the ruling but remains committed to this fight for the protections of religion, speech, and privacy in Utah,” attorney Jonathan Turley wrote. “The underlying rights of religious freedom and free speech are certainly too great to abandon after prevailing below in this case.”

Utah was founded in large part by Mormons seeking to practice their religion without interference from the government, and at the time, plural marriage was a key tenet of the faith. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints renounced polygamy as a condition of Utah becoming a state, and the practice has remained illegal ever since.

Utah officials said they would only prosecute polygamists if they were suspected of committing other crimes, including coercion or fraud.

Appeals court rejects ‘Sister Wives’ challenge to polygamy ban in Utah – USA TODAY

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