Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Federal Judge Rules Utah Polygamy Ban Unconst.; Decides It Violates Both 1st and 14th Amendments

A federal judge in Utah has struck down a key portion of that state's marriage law that makes polygamy illegal, thus raising concerns among pro-family leaders that the nation may be entering a new phase in an all-out attack on marriage, The New American website reports today (December 18, 2013).

On December 13, Judge Clark Waddoups of the U.S. District Court of Utah struck down a portion of the state law that prohibits polygamous cohabitation, ruling that it violated both the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit by Kody Brown and his four "wives," who are the subjects of the reality show "Sister Wives" on the TLC network.

Brown is legally married to only one of the women, but the religious sect to which the five belong -- called the Apostolic United Brethren -- embraces polygamy and holds that Brown and the other three women are married in a "spiritual" union.

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