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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Brown Power!

The polygynous Brown family, featured on “Sister Wives,” is going to challenge an anti-equality law in Utah. Unfortunately, it appears that they are only going after the ban on cohabitation, not the ban on the freedom to marry.

In an email to The Associated Press, attorney Jonathan Turley said he will file the lawsuit challenging Utah's bigamy law in Salt Lake City's U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

Turley represents Kody Brown and his four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn. Brown is only legally married to Meri Brown.

He should be able to legally marry all of them, if that is what they want.

Bigamy is a third-degree felony in Utah. A person can be found guilty of bigamy through cohabitation, not just legal marriage contracts.

Adults should be able to live together, adults should be free to marry.

In a statement posted on his blog, Turley said the lawsuit will challenge Utah's right to prosecute people for their private relationships.

"We are not demanding the recognition of polygamous marriage.”

They should, though.

The Browns have long said they believed making their life public on cable television was a risk worth taking if it helped advance the broader understanding of plural families. The lawsuit appears to be an extension of that belief.

Good for them. They have my support.
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