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Year After Slippery Escape, Warren Jeffs' Brother Is Caught

FBI says he'll face trial for fraud, money laundering

(Newser) - Lyle Jeffs literally slipped from the FBI's grasp last summer, so the agency will likely hold on a little tighter now that he's back in custody after a year on the run. Jeffs, the 57-year-old brother of polygamist Warren Jeffs and a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of... More »

Polygamy Still Illegal in Utah

US Supreme Court declines to hear arguments from 'Sister Wives' family

(Newser) - Polygamy is still illegal in Utah, as the US Supreme Court has declined to hear arguments against the lower court ruling that kept it so. Kody Brown and his four wives—the stars of TLC's Sister Wives—have for years been seeking to remove the penalties for polygamy in... More »

Utah's Polygamy Ban Is Back

Court reinstates law in Sister Wives case

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has ruled against four women and their husband in a move that means Utah once again has the toughest anti-polygamy law in the nation. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2013 ruling that effectively decriminalized polygamy by removing penalties for married people cohabiting with... More »

Warren Jeffs' Kids Say He Molested Them

New accusations against the polygamous Mormon sect leader

(Newser) - Two adult children of imprisoned, polygamous Mormon sect leader Warren Jeffs tell CNN Jeffs sexually abused them as children. Becky and Roy Jeffs recently left the 10,000-member Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints; two of Jeffs' other children have done the same. Becky Jeffs tells CNN... More »

Here's a Better Way to Define Marriage, Civil Union

Essay: Government should get out of the romance department

(Newser) - It didn't take long after the Supreme Court's decision in favor of gay marriage for the next potential legal challenge to surface: Should polygamists be allowed to marry? The debate over what "marriage" means will begin anew, but Froma Harrop thinks there's a more fundamental question... More »

Mormon Church Admits Founder Had Up to 40 Wives

Joseph Smith took his additional wives reluctantly, per a church essay

(Newser) - The Mormon church's big revelations didn't stop with its sacred undergarments : In an online essay titled "Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo," the church for the first time declares that founder Joseph Smith was a polygamist, with a footnote stating that "careful estimates" put his... More »

Ninja Sister-Wives Busted in Crazy Home Invasion

They were ultimately defeated by guy with a Samurai sword, natch

(Newser) - "I went to the bottom of the stairs and saw a couple of ninjas coming down." So begins the crazy tale out of Utah from Thursday night. As the Salt Lake Tribune tells it, two women—variously described as either sister wives or in a polygamous relationship with... More »

Let's Legalize Polygamy

It's the best way to cut down on its abuses, Mark Goldfeder argues

(Newser) - The stars of Sister Wives essentially won decriminalization for polygamy in Utah last week—even as TLC released another reality show, Breaking the Faith, that focused on the dark side of the practice. "Whether or not a white-washed, clean-cut version of plural marriage could in theory legally exist, in... More »

Utah Polygamy Law Unconstitutional: Federal Judge

Judge basically decriminalizes bigamy

(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... More »

Real Marriage Equality Means Legalizing Polygamy

Jillian Keenan argues that polygamist marriage isn't such a bad idea

(Newser) - The right-wing has been saying for years that gay marriage is a slippery slope—what's next, legalized polygamy? "We can only hope," writes Jillian Keenan at Slate . "No. I am not kidding." She argues that polygamy gets a bad rap in this country because of... More »

Texas Moves to Seize Warren Jeffs' Ranch

He's imprisoned, but his polygamist sect remains on 1,600-acre spread

(Newser) - Texas authorities succeeded in getting polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs locked up for life for sexually abusing underage girls, and now they want to shut down the massive ranch where his followers still live, reports the Salt Lake Tribune . The state attorney general today took the first step in seizing... More »

Zulu King Demands $700K for Sixth Wife's Palace

$6.9M already budgeted for Zulu royal family this year

(Newser) - Wives aren't cheap, especially when you've got six of them. South Africa's Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini is demanding the government cough up $700,000 for a palace for his sixth and youngest wife, Queen Mafu, who first stepped out with the king at the age of 14... More »

Author to Mitt: You Owe My Family 130-Year-Old Debt

Romney's great-grandfather never repaid $1K bail, she claims

(Newser) - Mitt Romney seems like the type to pay his debts, but now he's being plagued by one that went unpaid—130 years ago. Author Judith Freeman explained this week in the Los Angeles Review of Books why Romney owes her family $25,000: It seems that, back in the... More »

Warren Jeffs Taps 15 Men to Father All Followers' Kids

Imprisoned FLDS leader issues edict, say sources

(Newser) - Imprisoned pedophile Warren Jeffs has issued an edict from his Texas cell naming 15 men who are to father all children conceived among his polygamy followers, sources have revealed. Sex is forbidden for all others, even married men, who will only serve as family "caretakers" for children fathered by... More »

Idaho Drops 5 Wives Vodka Ban

Booze ban canned after lawsuit threat

(Newser) - The makers of Five Wives Vodka have a victory to drink to: Idaho's state liquor monopoly has dropped its ban on their booze , which officials considered offensive to Mormons. The liquor board says it will " immediately begin processing special order requests" for the beverage , reports the Los Angeles ... More »

Idaho Bans 'Offensive' 5 Wives Vodka

Name could offend Mormons, state liquor board decides

(Newser) - There are four too many wives in the name of Five Wives vodka, according to the board that controls liquor sales in Idaho. State regulators say the vodka—which has a label featuring five women from an 1890s vaudeville act hiking up their skirts—is offensive both to women and... More »

Polygamy Roots Could Hurt Mitt: Montana Gov

Father was 'born on a polygamy commune in Mexico,' Schweitzer says

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's family history could count big time against him this fall, according to Montana's Democratic governor. The candidate could be hurt politically "because his father was born on a polygamy commune in Mexico," Brian Schweitzer tells the Daily Beast . Women are "not great fans... More »

Romney Keeps Touting Dad's Mexican Birth

But leaves out crucial detail that could upset evangelicals

(Newser) - In an effort to win over Florida's wealth of Hispanic voters, Mitt Romney trotted out a little-mentioned piece of family history more than once this week. "My dad was born in Mexico," he often said, expressing sympathy for immigrants. "I wish I could claim that I'... More »

Oops: Did Warren Jeffs Preach From Prison?

If so, the polygamist leader broke the rules

(Newser) - Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs may still be preaching to his sect—over the phone. "We have confirmed that Jeffs made two phone calls on Christmas Day to a relative," a Texas official tells the Los Angeles Times . "At this point, we're investigating whether he may have... More »

Polygamist Warren Jeffs Hospitalized

Convicted rapist not eating, drinking in Texas prison

(Newser) - Convicted rapist and polygamist leader Warren Jeffs was sent to a Texas hospital last night after refusing to eat or drink enough in prison, the AP reports. Facing a life behind bars without parole until he is at least 100 years old, 55-year-old Jeffs "hasn't been feeling well,... More »

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