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Historic polygamy ruling handed down
In an historic ruling concerning polygamy, with enormous legal implications in Utah and beyond, U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that “the court finds the cohabitation prong of the Statute unconstitutional on numerous grounds and strikes it.”
The issue came about when the Salt Lake City Kody Brown family, who star in the cable TV channel TLC’s reality series ‘Sister Wives,’ filed a lawsuit.
The Liberty Counsel weighed in on the ruling, saying that one condition of Utah being admitted to the Union was that it ban polygamy, a practice of the predominantly Mormon state. It was required that such a ban be placed in the state’s constitution in order to get statehood. The LDS church, of which now has 15 million members worldwide, abandoned polygamy in 1890.
The group continues the conversation, by saying marriage predates government, and that no legislative body or court has the authority to redefine it, and it is a union of one man and one woman. They added that deconstruction of marriage will hurt children and society.
But Libertas Institute President Connor Boyack praised the decision, saying it was a welcome ruling in the direction of personal liberty, adding consenting adults in a plural relationship should not be punished by the state for peacefully living in a way that others may disagree with.