Appeals court strikes down ruling that decriminalized polygamy in Utah

by JENNIFER DOBNER  |  published on April 12, 2016

A federal appeals court Monday struck down a judge’s ruling that decriminalized polygamy in Utah, saying the lawsuit brought by members of the “Sister Wives” reality TV family was moot because they faced no credible threat of prosecution.

The decision reinstates third-degree felony penalties for the cohabitation prong of Utah’s bigamy law, which had been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge.

Kody Brown and his four wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn — sued Utah and the Utah County attorney’s office in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court in 2011, alleging the state’s bigamy law violated their constitutional right to privacy by prohibiting them from living together and criminalizing their sexual relationships.

Formerly of Lehi, the family, which practices polygamy for religious reasons, moved to Nevada to avoid prosecution after being investigated by the Utah County attorney’s office and police.

  • Ramon1710 .

    So sexual anarchy is a “constitutional right to privacy”, and selfish killing of the innocent is a “woman’s right to privacy.”
    As it was in the days of Noah….

  • SDofAZ

    Polygamy like gays is now not such a big deal for the law? Really, how liberal do we want to get?

    • Myrtle Linder

      Get used to it, things are not likely to improve!! We can know by reading in GOD’S WORD about the last days of the existence of the universe,

      2 Timothy 3:13-13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived . But continue thou in the thing which thou hast learned and hast been assured of knowing of whom thou hast learned them.

    • Eleanor Cummings

      Well, you ha e the government taking from it’s own senior and veterans to subsidize Muslims with up to five wives, ALL BEING SUBSIDIZED SEPARATELY. OUR MORMONS, LEGAL CITZENS, CAN’T HAVE THE SAME LAW APPLIED TO THEM. Obama’s double standard at work.

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