Utah Polygamy Law Unconstitutional: Federal Judge
Judge basically decriminalizes bigamy
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2013 11:40 AM CST
In this photo released by TLC on Nov. 22, 2010, Kody Brown, center, poses with his wives, from left, Robyn, Christine, Meri and Janelle, in a promotional photo for the reality series "Sister Wives."   (AP Photo/TLC, George Lange)

(Newser) – Who would have thought the family from reality show Sister Wives would end up potentially making history? A US District Court judge "effectively decriminalized polygamy" in Utah yesterday when he ruled that key portions of the state's polygamy laws are unconstitutional, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The judge sided with Kody Brown, who, along with his wives, filed a lawsuit in 2011 arguing that the law violated their privacy rights.

The judge took issue with the part of the law making cohabitation with non-spouse adults illegal, saying that portion violates both the First and 14th amendments. He struck that part of the law, meaning that though the law technically survived, bigamy is now only illegal when a person fraudulently acquires more than one marriage license.

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tran_tor
Nov 9, 2014 11:22 PM CST
It's hard to campaign for decades saying 'keep your laws out of my bedroom' just to turn around and say, except for 'those' consenting adults. This is one of the many obvious and unavoidable legal repercussions of marriage equality for the LGBT community.
JacobFishman
Dec 17, 2013 1:17 AM CST
"Diversity" just means NO more white people. "Diversity" is a geNOcidal scam! Stop white geNOcide!
K.C.
Dec 16, 2013 2:21 PM CST
One last thought. We think on the wrong track whenever we learn about what people do about marriage and human sexuality. Marriage and human sexuality were eternally mucked up in the garden of Eden (the perfect world). But we had to be made so that we would muck up life, (and God knew we would) because if we weren't, we really would not have free will and God's intention to return dignity to us. We would just be a bunch of automatons--you know, robots. I'm a pretty big sci-fi fan, but I know I never would want androids to look too human. It gives me the basic creeps while I enjoy the movie.