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Utah Polygamy Law in Focus as ‘Sister Wives’ Ruling Heads for Appeal

Sep 26, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A ruling that struck down part of Utah’s anti-polygamy law, marking a victory for the family on TLC’s “Sister Wives,” will be appealed by the state’s attorney general, reports the Associated Press.

“Advocacy groups for polygamy and individual liberties hailed U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups’ December ruling in favor of the TLC reality show’s Kody Brown and his four wives as a landmark decision that removed the threat of arrest for plural families in Utah,” the story reports.

The ruling was made final about a month ago, although Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes will file an appeal in about two weeks, the piece notes.

The AP report adds: “Reyes’ chief of staff, Parker Douglas, said it is office policy to defend any law that is challenged for constitutionality so long as there is a defense. He said they aren’t taking any political position, but rather seeking clarity so state residents know the reach of the state’s polygamy law.”

The attorney for the Brown family wasn’t immediately available for comment. The family’s attorney has previously said that the family is ready to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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