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Sister Wives Stars Being Investigated For Felony Bigamy

Illustration for article titled emSister Wives/em Stars Being Investigated For Felony Bigamy

Police in Lehi, Utah are looking into the marriage of TLC star Kody Brown and his four wives. The cops admit that the show's publicity is what prompted the case.

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According to People, bigamy is a third-degree felony in Utah but is rarely investigated. Lt. Darren Paul says: "At the conclusion of the investigation, the evidence will be forwarded to the Utah County Attorney's Office for review and possible prosecution."

When Kody was on the Today show, he admitted that he is only legally married to one woman, Meri, his first wife — whom he wed 20 years ago. He is spiritually married to his other wives. The Browns and their 12 children are Fundamentalist Mormons, and, as a columnist for The Huffington Post points out, the TV show provides a much-needed paycheck; some "single mothers" in Utah collect welfare. The question is: Is having four wives a legal issue, or one of religious freedom?

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Police Investigating Sister Wives Stars for Felony Bigamy [People]
'Sister Wives': TLC's Polygamist Family Asks Us To 'Rethink Marriage' [HuffPo]

Earlier: Sister Wives Talk Like Soul-Sucking Stepford Zombies
On TLC, Women Have Lots Of Kids But A Fraction Of A Husband
First Look: New Polygamy Show Sister Wives Suggests We "Rethink" Marriage

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PoopyPantalones

On a recent trip I learned a LOT about this issue and it was a discussion we had with a larger group of people as it was not very unfamiliar to me at the time. Apparently, there is a huge, gigantic settlement of people that practice polygamy that reside in Colorado City, on the AZ / UT border. I personally don't agree with polygamy, I was informed that many of these women were married to become part of a family at an early age, and that many of them are related due to restrictions of a "dating pool". These things (among other obvious social issues) make the backing of a huge protest on this issue, however if there is a situation where no one is being hurt in a negative way, that is to say that people involved are well rounded people choosing this life, then let them. I do think it is ridiculous for this to suddenly be an issue as the police in UT, especially since Colorado City is on the border and I'm sure there is a huge populous that live in the surrounding area in UT, additionally the city was established in 1913 specifically to move away from the LDS main so they could practice polygamy. What, did the cops just now figure out that polygamy exists? Now its suddenly an issue?