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...]

Hymns Through the Lens of a 13-Year-Old Young Man

Todd playing his baritone.

"I already thought three was too many," Todd whispered to me in reference to the normal minimum of three hymns that we have in LDS Sacrament meetings (our main Sunday service).Todd is my 13-year-old son and I love hearing his commentary on the world and our shared experiences.Yesterday, we had a musical testimony meeting at church.It is an annual tradition in our ward to have a testimony meeting where anyone from the congregation can walk up to the podium and share a little bit about … [Read more...]

LDS Church Releases New Statement on Polygamy

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 the wake of the polygamy ruling by the U.S. District Court for Utah, and on the heels of a similar post about race and the priesthood, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a brand new "Gospel Topics" entry dealing with the history of plural marriage as practiced by Latter-day Saints.A few points stood out after an initial reading by Approaching Justice.The entry acknowledges that polygamy was still practiced after the 1890 "Manifesto" which … [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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