The polygamous family behind TLC's Sister Wives has had just about enough of your judgment, thanks. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Patriarch Kody Brown and his wives Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robin are moving forward with a lawsuit challenging Utah's anti-bigamy laws.
None of this would have happened if the silly Utah Attorney General hadn't spoken out against Sister Wives and its frank depiction of illegal marital shenanigans. On the other hand, the lawsuit brings awareness to other polygamous families out there suffering, and it continues to give press to the Browns, who really don't have much else going for them.
The family rose to national prominence after the launch of their TLC television show in September 2010. Utah Attorney General Jeffrey Buhman then gave interviews in which he suggested the family would be prosecuted under Utah's anti-bigamy law.
In a 21-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said the suggestion of prosecution potentially had a "chilling effect" on the family's First Amendment rights. But it would now be up to the Browns to prove a there was a real threat to their constitutional rights.
In the Brown family's defense, they're not asking to have their marriages legally recognized. What's the harm in letting them play house with one daddy and four mommies? The only thing that really bothers me about this story is the assertion that all of this is for a nobler cause.
We are not demanding the recognition of polygamous marriage. We are only challenging the right of the state to prosecute people for their private relations and demanding equal treatment with other citizens in living their lives according to their own beliefs.
Fine, but there's a difference between private relations and starring on a reality show. I don't have much of an opinion on consensual polygamy — the feminist in me just wishes it were a woman with a few husbands — but I do roll my eyes at reality star hypocrisy. To paraphrase the Brown family, "How dare you come into our home and judge us for our lifestyle, just because we've invited you into our home with cameras for an explicit look at our lifestyle."
Do what you want, obviously, but don't flaunt your nonsense on TV and then complain about the consequences. That makes you worse than a polygamist: it makes you a Kardashian.
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