The Supreme Court, which has not tried a polygamy case in a century, just granted Kody Brown, star of the TLC reality television show Sister Wives, until September 10 to file a petition for the nation’s highest court to review his case for the legalization of polygamy.
The reality star and his wives sued Utah in 2012 over its historic ban on plural marriage. The Browns were under investigation for bigamy after their TLC reality show aired. They claim the ban on plural marriage infringes on … their right to privacy.
If the Supreme Court interprets the Constitution consistently, based on the premise set in last summer’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, then they ought to read into the supreme law of the land a right to bigamy.Kody Brown and his four wives, stars of the TLC program, “Sister Wives”
In the landmark Obergefell decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote:
Marriage is sacred to those who live by their religions and offers unique fulfillment to those who find meaning in the secular realm. Its dynamic allows two people to find a life that could not be found alone, for a marriage becomes greater than just the two persons. Rising from the most basic human needs, marriage is essential to our most profound hopes and aspirations.
In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.