Who didn’t see this coming? A lawsuit has been filed in Utah Federal court asking the judge to block enforcement of Utah’s long-standing law prohibiting polygamy. The plaintiff, Mr. Kody Brown, is the father of the family featured on the reality tv show Sister Wives.
“By criminalizing religious-based plural families and intimate relationships under the criminal bigamy law, Utah officials prosecute private conduct between consenting adults,” the lawsuit says.
Yep, a blind man could see this coming a mile away.
The lawsuit is not demanding that states recognize polygamous marriage. Instead, the lawsuit builds on a 2003 United States Supreme Court decision, Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down state sodomy laws as unconstitutional intrusions on the “intimate conduct” of consenting adults. It will ask the federal courts to tell states that they cannot punish polygamists for their own “intimate conduct” so long as they are not breaking other laws, like those regarding child abuse, incest or seeking multiple marriage licenses.
Oh, yeah. I predict “marriages” that include barnyard animals in our lifetimes.