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

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"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 the p … [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 by … [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

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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...]

Nate Oman on Reynolds, Polygamy, and Mormonism

William and Mary Law Professor Nate Oman (Source: Southern Virginia University)

Yesterday, the Federal District Court for Utah ruled that Utah polygamy laws violated the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.District Judge Clark Waddoup, in his ruling, addressed the 1878 Reynolds v. United States Supreme Court case which determined that religious duty is not a defense against criminal charges. Specifically, it is not a defense against anti-polygamy laws.In the ruling, Judge Waddoup cited Nate Oman. Oman is the Cabell Research Professor of Law at William … [Read more...]

Breaking: Judge Rules Utah’s Anti-Polygamy Law Unconstitutional in Sister Wives Case (With Updates)

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

Federal District Court Judge Clark Waddoup ruled today that Utah's anti-polygamy laws violate the free exercise clause of the first amendment. The case is a particularly high profile because the Plaintiffs against the state of Utah are Kody Brown and his wives. The Browns are famous from their reality show Sister Wives on the cable network TLC.From the introduction to the 91 page ruling: Before the court are the parties’ cross motions for summary judgment relating to Plaintiffs’ facial a … [Read more...]


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