Oh, and did you hear: A Utah Federal judge decriminalized polygamy.
The ride into Hell just got culturally much bumpier.
The case is high profile partly because the suit was brought forth by the Brown family, the stars of the TLC show Sister Wives. It’s also important because as it works its way through the appeals process, it has the potential to become a landmark.
As the Salt Lake Tribune reads the decision, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups says the part of the law that prohibits cohabitation between adults to whom they are not legally married violates both the First and 14th Amendments.
The AP reports that the Utah attorney general is weighing whether to appeal the judge’s decision.
In a blog post, the Brown family’s lawyer, Jonathan Turley, said he hopes that the AG will not appeal the case. He said that Americans should not fear prosecution solely because of the structure of their family.
“Neither the Attorney General nor the state of Utah should fight a ruling that reaffirmed freedom of religion and equal protection,” Turley wrote. “Utah is a state that was founded by citizens seeking those very rights against government abuse. Utah is a better place because of the courageous decision of Judge Waddoups and the commitment of the Brown family in defense of our Constitution.”
P.S. I sense the first “revelation” in a long time coming down in Salt Lake City… since the founding “Prophet” wrote that you were “damned” if you didn’t practice polygamy, my guess is that sometime in the future, it’ll be making a big comeback.