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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Update on the The Browns of 'Sister Wives'


Sister Wives, Brown  
TLC/Kyle Christy

Have you kept up with the Browns of "Sister Wives?" A while back they made it clear that they have solidarity for the same-gender freedom to marry. Also, they found out that they will not be prosecuted in Utah for being together. The law in Utah goes beyond the usual bans on the polygamous freedoms to marry, and it needs to be struck down or repealed. I was hoping the Browns would get that done.

Marc Malkin had a report at eonline.com about their solidarity for the same-gender freedom to marry.


"I feel like we should be more enlightened as a society," says Kody Brown, the 44-year-old husband to Meri, 41, Janelle, 42, Christine, 40, and Robyn, 33, and father of 17 children.

Kody said he doesn't want legislators governing marriage.
"I married four women and I love them," he said. "I chose this out of love and out of faith. I feel like I want to extend that to all people…Let individuals define their love and their marriage. I don't want the government doing that."
Bridgette P. LaVictoire at lezgetreal.com noted the support.


Here is the Associated Press report at usatoday.com about the criminal case in Utah.
The case against Kody Brown and his four wives — Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn — stars of the TLC show, has been closed, Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman wrote in a motion seeking to have a lawsuit against his county dismissed.
Remember...
The Browns then sued Utah County along with Utah's governor and attorney general, claiming the state's bigamy statute violates their constitutional rights to due process, equal protection, free exercise of religion, free speech and freedom of association.
Of note...

The Browns' attorney Jonathan Turley said he was pleased that charges wouldn't be filed but noted the family didn't plan to drop the lawsuit, claiming state law remained "blatantly unconstitutional."
"I want to express our great relief for the Brown family that this long-standing threat has been finally lifted," Turley said in a statement. "The family has spent years being publicly denounced as felons by prosecutors and had to move to Nevada to protect their family and children."
Not only does the law in Utah need to go, but we need nationwide full marriage equality and relationship rights so that an adult, regardless of sexual orientation or gender, is free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage with any consenting adults.

Have you been watching the show? What do you think?
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