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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

'Sister Wives' family to challenge anti-polygamy law in federal court

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It looks like the stars of "Sister Wives" want to make a federal case out of polygamy.

CNN writes that Kody Brown and his wives -- all four of them -- are going to be filing a complaint in federal court over Utah's anti-bigamy law. They say they don't want official recognition of polygamous marriages; they just want the state to stop punishing those who practice it.

As Slate notes, they're going to cite a Supreme Court decision that knocked down Texas' sodomy laws, which argued the state had no right to interfere with "intimate conduct."

It will ask the federal courts to tell states that they cannot punish polygamists for their own “intimate conduct” so long as they are not breaking other laws, like those regarding child abuse, incest or seeking multiple marriage licenses.

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