Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Will the Brown Lawsuit Include the US Government?

According to this report in the Salt Lake Tribune, the lawsuit by the Browns against Utah for their right to polyamory may get the US government involved.

The United States government may become a defendant in a reality-show family’s lawsuit challenging Utah’s law banning polygamy.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints renounced polygamy as a condition of statehood, required by the Utah Enabling Act of 1894. With that in mind, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups has asked attorneys for the Brown family, stars of the TLC show “Sister Wives,” and the state of Utah to show why the U.S. should not also be added as a defendant in the case.

The attorneys will present their arguments in a hearing scheduled for Dec. 16.

It would be nice if the US Supreme Court would take up and consolidate the various cases sooner rather than later and issue a ruling that that an adult should be free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage with any consenting adults, but I’m not holding my breath. It would be nice, though, rather than having all of these different court cases going back and forth with freedoms being added in pieces.
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  1. They are getting a court case on them?? What the heck man D:!! Ohh well, the are pretty popular now so maybe they will have more of an impact if they manage to get equality for their lifestyle. I sure do hope so. May be one for the history books :)

  2. It should be noted that the Browns filed a lawsuit. They felt they had to move to Nevada because of the laws in Utah, which criminalize even living together as a plural marriage, even though there isn't legal paperwork claiming more than one spouse. They're lawsuit isn't about having their marriages legally recognized; it is about having the basic freedom of association.


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