Judge strikes down part of Utah polygamy law in 'Sister Wives' case
Kody Brown and his four wives, who have 17 kids together, brought the lawsuit. Their lives are chronicled on TLC's "Sister Wives"
December 14th, 2013
05:45 PM ET
9 years ago

Judge strikes down part of Utah polygamy law in 'Sister Wives' case

(CNN) - A federal judge in Utah has struck down part of that state's law banning polygamy, after a lawsuit was brought by the stars of the television reality series "Sister Wives."

The ruling late Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups threw out the law's section prohibiting "cohabitation," saying it violates constitutional guarantees of due process and religious freedom.


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  1. Sheila

    W0W!!!! All I can say is: what a stud!!!

    December 14, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Celebrity Nation !

    December 14, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. tom l

    I wonder if the liberals will be as strong voicing their opinion that anyone Should be allowed to get married. Somehow, I doubt they will because there isn't a large enough voting bloc.....

    December 14, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Evergreen


    December 14, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. California

    Why be against polygamy? Who does it hurt? Marriage equality for all or is that just for who democrats say it's for?

    December 14, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  6. Anthony Deisla

    Since they're going to legalize gay marriage, why shouldn't they legalize polygamy?

    December 15, 2013 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    As long as kids aren't hurt... Who cares what people do?

    December 15, 2013 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  8. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    Solomon had 700 wives, 300 concubines (1000) (1st Kings 11: 2-3) so God will be their Judge.

    December 15, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  9. Marie MD

    But they still want to keep women from making personal decisions about not bringing more unwanted children into the world.

    December 15, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Oh, oh. Santorum says marriage is between one man and one woman? Rick and the teavangelicals are not going to liike this cohabitation leading to 17 children.

    December 15, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. pbcalif

    This is all about publicity for the series. This won't stand up in court. This entire series is vulgar and it wouldn't have happened before 2012 when Romney was running for President because it would have hurt his Mormon image.

    December 15, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. YoIt'sMe

    All I'm going to say is all you guys out there thinking this is cool, just remember ONLY the best looking and most affluent men will get all the great women. All the average, even good guys, won't have any or many to choose from if polygamy becomes popular.

    December 15, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. bill

    reminds me of slick willy clinton. welcome to the meat market.

    December 15, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. don in albuquerque

    @Tom I–Large enough voting bloc to elect Obama to a second term. Weak, very weak.

    December 15, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. KG1111

    This article, with many past articles, about Mormon's belief about Polygamy is incorrect. Mormon's do believe in the practice of plural marriage although at this time they do not practice it. When the people of Utah were told that they had to do away with polygamy in order to become a state the Mormon church made a declaration that polygamy was no longer to be practice. When they made the declaration they never said it was under a commandment of Jesus Christ, which is a doctrine of the Church. All doctrines/commandments must be made "In the Name of Jesus Christ" and then it becomes official. With polygamy it was never proclaimed "In the Name of Jesus Christ", and thus is not doctrine.
    Even today in the Mormon church a man can be married to more than one woman in the temple, "For Time and All Eternity". But for this to happen the man marries one woman who is alive and the other woman and/or women must have already passed on and once the man passes away he will have more than one wife in heaven, if he was a worthy individual when he was alive. Unfortunately, with women it is not the case. Women can be only married to one man "For time and All Eternity". Any man she marries after her husband passes away she can only be married to the new husband "For Time", but not for "Eternity". So with this said Mormons do believe in polygamy, if not on earth, at least in Heaven, or as Mormons call it "the Celestial World".

    December 15, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Fair is fair

    I wonder how much you pay if you get divorced by 7 women lol

    December 15, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Dennis Freeman

    I'd be smiling too if I was him

    December 15, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Dorothy

    They are factory for making White Babies, blonde, blue eyed creatures.
    They must be stopped at once.
    There is no diversity.

    December 15, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |