A reality TV star and his four wives won a key legal victory for polygamist families on Friday, as a US judge threw out parts of Utah’s bigamy laws used to crack down on the practice of plural marriage in the heavily Mormon state.
The federal judge ruled in favour of Kody Brown and the four women he lives with publicly on the television show Sister Wives, who had challenged a Utah law that prohibits adults from living with multiple partners in marriage-like relationships. He found the law violated religious rights and criminalised the intimate sexual relationships of consenting adults, giving a major boost to breakaway Mormon groups that still follow the doctrine of plural marriage.
The point being that sure, given that the State licences marriage the State can decide that only two people can be in a marriage. But Utah went one step further, insisting that people could not live “as if” they were married:
Anti-bigamy laws are stricter in the Mormon heartland of Utah than elsewhere in the US, as they not only outlaw the possession of multiple marriage licenses but cohabitation in marriage-like relationships with multiple partners, which is punishable with up to five years in prison.
Fuck off you prodnose tossers.
And before anyone starts shouting that Mormons are right wing so this is just fine think about it for a moment. This sort of law outlaws a menage a trois for example, and forms of live in polyamory.
Consenting adults get to do what adults consent to…..