Sister Wives Stars Investigated for Felony Bigamy
Utah salesman Kody Brown has 3 wives too many
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2010 2:04 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The stars of a new reality TV program about a fundamentalist Mormon and his four wives are being investigated for felony bigamy. Utah advertising salesman Kody Brown is legally married to only one woman, but the adults talk openly about the four wives, 13 children, and 3 stepchildren that make up their family on TLC's Sister Wives. Officials say the probe was prompted by publicity surrounding the new "docu-series" in which the family discusses jealousies, Kody's courting a new wife (who becomes the fourth one) and maintaining "musical" marriage beds.

Evidence will be forwarded to the Utah County district attorney, who will decide whether or not to prosecute, reports People. Bigamy is rarely prosecuted in Utah, a heavily Mormon state. The Browns remain defiant in the face of the law, and first wife Meri said the family decided to go ahead with the program despite the legal risks. "We're not living this lifestyle out of disrespect for the law in any way. We're law-abiding citizens. We're doing this just out of our faith," third wife Christine told KSL TV. Click here for more.

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Brass
Oct 10, 2010 5:14 PM CDT
Our taboos against having plural marriages are nothing more than religious dogma corrupting our laws. It really shouldn't be the governments business who we choose to make a life with. If it makes you happy, I'm all for it. You can marry your doberman for all I care... Just don't ask me to pay for the puppies!
Tank
Oct 10, 2010 4:57 PM CDT
Technically, if only one of the marriages in legal, how can this be bigamy? I think this is more closely defined as negotiated infidelity.
dinadina
Sep 28, 2010 1:50 PM CDT
I just want to know how that psychopath can afford 4 wives and whatever number of children there is, and how those mentally, low self esteem sick women go along with him. I feel sorry for the children, and I think he should be castrated.