Federal Judge Overturns Utah Polygamy Ban

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Sister Wives win. Does religious liberty?

The cast of “Sister Wives,” a hit television show featuring a polygamous family, has something to celebrate today.  On Wednesday, Federal Judge Clark Waddoups finalized his December order striking down a key part of Utah’s statute banning the practice of bigamy.

Kody Brown, his four “wives” and their 17 children are Lehi, Utah, residents and members of the Apostolic United Brethren, a fundamentalist Mormon sect that continues to practice polygamy, which in 1890 was formally eschewed by the official Mormon Church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). That decision was critical to the recognition of the Utah territory as an American state in 1896. The ban on polygamy is written into both the Utah Constitution and statutory law.

In 2010, the television network TLC began broadcasting a reality show that examined the lives of the Brown…

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