Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Polygamist Lifestyle


Kody Brown and his four wives are bringing polygamy into the limelight.

The Browns want to be the new face of polygamy as evidenced by their TLC reality show, Sister Wives, their best-selling book, and their challenge of Utah’s polygamy ban.

The Browns have fled to Nevada for fear of prosecution in Utah for polygamy, which some consider the next frontier after same-sex marriage.  A federal judge partly overturned Utah’s ban last month, ruling that prohibiting “cohabitation” violates the free exercise of religion.

See John Schwartz, Polygamy as Lifestyle Choice, and a Reality TV Brand, The New York Times, Jan. 8, 2014.

Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Law Office of Lewis J. Saret, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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