Friday, September 23, 2016

From Jurist: 'Sister Wives' family appeals polygamy ruling to Supreme Court

From the cutting edge of equal protection.

Polygamist got a boost when the Supreme Court ruled that the "fundamental" right of marriage could not be denied to same sex couples under equal protection clause. If sexual orientation is protected, might polygamy?

If the Supreme Court accepts the case we will find out. The question is whether a compelling public purpose is served by the limit.

- Click here for the article.
A polygamous family on TLC's "Sister Wives" [media website] reality TV show filed a request [cert. petition, PDF] on Monday with the US Supreme Court in an attempt to legalize polygamy. Kody Brown and his four wives filed the appeal after the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] threw out a constitutional challenge [opinion, PDF; JURISTreport] to Utah's anti-bigamy laws [text]. They specifically want the Supreme Court to review a lower court decision upholding part of Utah's polygamy law banning cohabitation with other partners even when the man is only legally married to one woman.
In 2014 a judge for the US District Court for the District of Utah [official website] refused to dismiss the case as moot and proceeded to the merits, striking down [JURIST report] portions of Utah's anti-bigamy statute. While polygamy is recognized in most of Africa and the Middle East, it is illegal in most of North and South America, Europe and China. In 2005 the US District Court for the District of Utah rejected a similar lawsuit[JURIST report] brought against Utah's Anti-Bigamy Statute, reaffirming the 1879 US Supreme Court case Reynolds v. United States [opinion, text], which upheld a conviction under an anti-polygamy law as constitutional.

Lots of links to follow above.

- Click here for the 10th Circuit Court's refusal to rehear the case - which is why they are taking it to the Supreme Court.

The Catholic News Agency doesn't think the Supreme Court will approve polygamy - assuming they even take the case.

- Click here for that.

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