‘Sister Wives’ star Kody Brown is furious with the state of Utah’s ban on multiple marriages and they believe it violates their right to religious freedom. They are having a rehearing of their case and hope that they will prevail!
Kody Brown isn’t going down without a fight. The Sister Wives star filed a rehearing for his case against Utah’s polygamy laws. Even though his lawsuit was thrown out, he has filed a petition in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to find Utah’s polygamy law “unconstitutional.”
Kody and his four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn have filed an “en banc” hearing that stems back to a federal lawsuit that they filed in 2011 after they were threatened by a county prosecutor when their show premiered on TLC. Because of the state’s strict laws the family moved to Las Vegas while they were being investigated for bigamy. Kody is legally married to his first wife, Meri, and calls the others “spiritual unions.” Together they have a combined 18 kids. But here’s the issue, in Utah, you can be accused of third-degree bigamy for simply “cohabiting” with another adult. The Brown’s attorney released this statement: “The Browns, and all cohabitating adults, live under the continual threat of such prosecution and remain labeled as felons under the law. That threat is not just capable of repetition, it is ongoing.”
When Kody and his family moved to Las Vegas, they actually fled in the middle of the night. The reality star admitted that his wives had a difficult time trying to adjust to life in Vegas and it was very hard on the family. We’re definitely sure that we’ll see more about their legal battle in the upcoming season of Sister Wives that premieres May 8 on TLC.
HollywoodLifers, tell us what you think of the laws in Utah?