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Religion In The News "Sister Wives" Clan Uses Same-Sex Marriage Ruling In Polygamy Case

The Julian News of Julian, California

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The stars of the reality television show "Sister Wives" used the U.S. Supreme Court's recent same-sex marriage ruling to support their case against Utah's polygamy ban.

The filing with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by Kody Brown and the four women he considers his wives — Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Christine Brown and Robyn Sullivan — came in response to the Utah Attorney General's appeal of a lower court's ruling in their favor.

The August 26th filing referred to the Supreme Court's June ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, saying that Utah's position against plural families relies on outdated law.

"This case is about criminalization of consensual relations and there are 21st century cases rather than 19th century cases," attorney Jonathan Turley said in the 79-page

"It is clear that states can no longer use criminal codes to coerce or punish those who choose to live in consensual but unpopular unions."

Source: Reuters, summarized by Pastor Rick

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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