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Polygamy as Lifestyle Choice, and a Reality TV Brand
By JOHN SCHWARTZ JAN. 8, 2014
LAS VEGAS — Kody Brown, his four wives and 17 children want to be the new face of polygamy, what
some consider the next frontier after same-sex marriage.
That is why, the Browns say, they invited TLC television cameras into their homes for their reality
show “Sister Wives,” why they have written a best-selling book about their lives, and why they challenged
Utah’s polygamy ban in federal court.
Fear of prosecution under that law led them to flee to Nevada. Last month, a federal judge partly
It seems like with every new day the LDS Church is taking new steps further away from its own basic precepts and values. The Doctrine and Covenants of the church, section 121, is the cornerstone of this faith. It seems that the Church has taken an official stance directly against the teachings of its own priesthood.
39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.
40 Hence many are called, but few are chosen.
41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
SALT LAKE CITY — Reality TV polygamist Kody Brown and his wives said they are “disappointed” by incoming Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes’ announcement that he would appeal a federal judge’s ruling that essentially decriminalized polygamy.
On Thursday, Reyes gave an interview to FOX 13?s Ben Winslow where he said it was his intention to appeal U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups’ ruling striking down part of Utah’s bigamy law. The judge overturned the provision of the law that dealt with cohabitation, which was used to prosecute polygamists in the past.
By Joel BadenDecember 22nd 20136:45 AM
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When a court ruled that polygamy won’t be prosecuted in Utah, conservatives said it was a sign we’re losing our “Judeo-Christian” family values. They must not read the Bible much.
Good time to repost this from 2008
Anne Wilde is a co-founder of Principle Voices, a leading polygamy advocacy group, and a member of the Utah Attorney General’s Safety Net Committee, an outreach organization created to work with polygamist families. She is also co-author (with Mary Batchelor and Marianne Watson) of Voices in Harmony: Contemporary Women Celebrate Plural Marriage.
We spoke by phone.
Anne Wilde was a plural wife for 33 years, until the death of her husband.
She doesn’t wear a prairie dress. She doesn’t live in an isolated compound. She holds a B.A. in Business Education and is a published author.
And she wants you to know she is not unusual.
Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah
The Bible and the Book of Mormon teach that the marriage of one man to one woman is God’s standard, except at specific periods when He has declared otherwise.1
Principle Rights Coalition – Press Statement
U.S. District Court Decision – Brown v. Buhman 12/13/13 – Polygamy Decriminalized
As representatives (in part) of Fundamentalist Mormon families and communities, we express our gratitude to Judge Clark Waddoups of the Federal District Court for striking the cohabitation prong of Utah’s bigamy statute on Friday, December 13th, 2013.
Do you think if the ruling decriminalizing cohabitation is appealed by Utah, it will hold up on review?Submitted by Sage on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:21.
Attached is the 91 Page Decision and Summary judgement from Judge Waddoups on the Sisterwives Case which resulted in the overturning of major parts of Utah's polygamy statute.