Attorney General Holder: Federal Govt. Will Recognize Utah Gay Marriages

seal

See the above special video message from the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder. Holder responds directly to the move by Utah Governor Gary Herbert who has declared that Utah will not recognize the marriages that have already taken place. Here is Holder's official statement: Last June, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision – in United States v. Windsor – holding that Americans in same-sex marriages are entitled to equal protection and equal treatment under … [Read more...]

How does a Polygamous Family File Their Tax Returns? #sisterwives

1386990446.jpg

Well, they don't. At least, not as a polygamous family. This morning, Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn Brown spoke with me about a variety of issues. One thing I asked them about was taxes. No, not what they thought about taxes. But, as a polygamist family, how do they file their taxes?   As Adam Alba, one of their attorneys, pointed out to Approaching Justice right after the Brown v. Buhman ruling, only Kody and Meri are legally married. As a result, Kody files … [Read more...]

What Would You Ask The #SisterWives Family?

The Brown Family: Janelle, Christine, Kody, Meri, and Robyn.

I will be interviewing Janelle, Christine, Meri, Robyn, and Kody later this week. I have written about them, and polygamy in general, quite a bit lately. What question or questions would you ask the family made famous by TLC's Sister Wives? I will ask as many questions submitted in the comment section below as time allows. Sorry, questions left on Facebook or Twitter do not count. What would you like to know? … [Read more...]

Tears of Joy: Federal Judge Strikes Down Utah’s Gay Marriage Ban

Bb9g8niCQAASYkR-1

"I'm in tears." D. Christian Harrison told Approaching Justice earlier this afternoon, as he took in the news that a U.S. District Court in Utah ruled today that Utah's 2004 gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. "I'm sitting at my desk in tears," Harrison continued. "Today, Utah becomes the 18th state in our country to recognize gay marriage. And it happened because people stood up and said 'this is not right' — people like my friends Derek Kitchen and his boyfriend Moudi Sbeity, two of … [Read more...]

Progressive Polygamist: Polygamists Need to Change Their Ways

Nonie, Robyn, Brady, Paulie, Rhonda, and Rosemary (Source: TLC)

Brady Williams, a progressive philosophy student and practicing polygamist whose family was featured on TLC's My Five Wives, views the recent ruling in the case of Brown v. Buhman, also known as the Sister Wives case, as opportunity for the polygamist community to change their ways. "We are no longer considered criminals by the courts," wrote Williams in a statement he made on Facebook and shared with Approaching Justice. "Let’s prove that we are deserving of that assessment … [Read more...]

A Look at the Sister Wives Ruling with an Attorney for the Browns.

John Walton Price, James C. Hamilton, Guard, George Q. Cannon (seated), Guard, Charles Nookes and A. J. Hansen in the Utah Penitentiary, 1888. (Source: http://www.stayfamily.org/showmedia.php?mediaID=247)

In his office, Adam Alba has a picture of early Mormon Apostle George Q. Cannon wearing a black and white stripe prison uniform in the 1890s. In the picture, Cannon is sitting with other prominent Mormons of the day who, like Cannon, were imprisoned for violating anti-polygamy laws. A Mormon himself, Alba, the co-counsel for the legal team representing the Brown family of Sister Wives fame in their legal battle with the state of Utah, reflected in an interview with Approaching Justice … [Read more...]

Polygamy Researcher Responds to Sister Wives Ruling

Hales_JSP3_large

In response to an inquiry from Approaching Justice, author and polygamy researcher Brian C. Hales responded to Friday's ruling by the United States District Court for Utah which ruled that Utah's polygamy laws are unconstitutional. "Theologically, the LDS Church's support of proposition 8 in California was a firm declaration against both polygamy and same-sex marriage," Hales told Approaching Justice. "So I expect such rulings will have no impact on Church teachings or … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X