Sister Wives Family in Lawsuit Against Utah
In Sept 2010 a new show debuted TLC called “Sister Wives” about a real life family
that has 4 wives and one husband and their 16 children. I saw it a couple of times. Although we don’t see the whole picture, happy people make a happy world. The State of Utah made some suggestions of prosecution for polygamy back in Sept 2010.
The family has brought suit against the State of Utah
According to he suit that the family has against Utah, Law enforcement and social services was aware of the family and that the Utah State “Safety Net” program had been in contact with them for quite some time.
The guide lines for the safety net program (polygamy primer) were actually defined by the church that the Browns are members of.
The Browns are members of the Apostolic United Brethern
I believe the suit seeks to “normalize” this family structure, allow religious groups to function the way they see fit, and remove the fear of prosecution.
So why did Utah start an “investigation”?
It seems odd that authorities in Utah would makes a fuss about this issue, considering the large amount of people living in Utah, Nevada and Arizona who have a polygamous lifestyles. It might be that Utah does not enjoy the publicity of a TV show. I do not believe the the five people involved in the marriage have broken any laws. However, according to the law suit the family fears prosecution enough that they are living just over the border in Nevada. Since they were over 18, and only one marriage is a civil one I, as a normal citizen, cant see the merit in prosecution. I understand that the issue is in “common law” marriages which would legitimize the three “spiritual” marriages and allow Utah to prosecute the family.
It can be stated this is religious freedom, which I believe it is, however, people the world over and though out time have lives polygamous or complicated arraignments. For any number of cultural reasons.
The LDS church does not support this life style.
“The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. At certain times and for His specific purposes, God, through His prophets, has directed the practice of plural marriage (sometimes called polygamy), which means one man having more than one living wife at the same time. In obedience to direction from God, Latter-day Saints followed this practice for about 50 years during the 1800s but officially ceased the practice of such marriages after the Manifesto was issued by President Woodruff in 1890. Since that time, plural marriage has not been approved by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and any member adopting this practice is subject to losing his or her membership in the Church.” Gospel library LDS church
Is it about Same sex marriage?
The LDS church has stated that is accepts homosexuals, but not same sex marriage nor homosexuality.
“This church has felt the bitter sting of persecution and marginalization early in our history, when we were too few in numbers to adequately protect ourselves and when society’s leaders often seemed disinclined to help. Our parents, our young adults, teens and children should therefore, of all people, be especially sensitive to the vulnerable in society and be willing to speak out against bullying or intimidation whenever it occurs, including unkindness towards those who are attracted to others of the same sex. This is particularly so in our own Latter-day Saint congregations. Each Latter-day Saint family and individual should carefully consider whether their attitudes and actions to others properly reflect Jesus Christ’s second great commandment — to love one another.” ~ Michael Otterson official LDS statement 10/2010 http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700073073/Official-statement-from-Mormon-church-in-response-to-petition-from-gay-rights-group.html
Interesting that you can be removed from the church for polygamy but not for being a homosexual. This cant really be addressed in the same forum as same sex marriage. Churches should have the right to support or not support lifestyle. I do not believe they should become involved in the political process, nor that they should seek to create public policy. The issue is privacy. It could be said that the Browns gave up their privacy when they went on TV, or that I am by publishing this blog for that matter. Where is does relate to the same sex marriage issue is when it intrudes into the personal lives of law abiding citizens, and into our bedrooms, where the law does not belong.