The Kody Brown family’s quest for legal “freedom to love” has been shot down by the highest court in the land — the “Sister Wives” push to legalize polygamy ruled dead in the water.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari by the reality family, the order issued Monday morning. The Browns have been embroiled in a lengthy suit against the state of Utah, arguing that it’s historic ban on polygamy violated their religious freedom rights and their right to privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case means that the lower court’s decision stands.
In 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups struck down a portion of the state ban, making it no longer a crime to live with multiple partners, and label it a marriage. The Utah Attorney General’s Office appealed the ruling, arguing that the Browns faced no threat of criminal prosecution. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver sided with the state of Utah.
The Brown family appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the 10th Circuit Court rejected their case in error. The state of Utah urged the court to reject the Browns’ push — stating in one argument that a condition of Utah’s statehood rests on the abandonment of the practice of polygamy.
According to Fox 13/Salt Lake City, some within the polygamist community are vowing that they will continue to fight the state of Utah, for decriminalization.
Outspoken Utah polygamists, and authors of ‘Love Times Three,’ Joe, Alina, Vicky and Valerie Darger spoke out on Twitter, calling the court’s decision an “injustice.”
Today is an Injustice to not be heard by SCOTUS. We suspect there will be many people everywhere demanding to be heard for Liberty.
— TheDargerFamily (@TheDargerFamily) January 23, 2017
This plural donkey has been beaten dead — but will Kody and the gang admit defeat and move on?