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Polygamist Kody Brown ‘disappointed’ that new Utah AG will appeal

Posted by on Dec. 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM
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SALT LAKE CITY — Reality TV polygamist Kody Brown and his wives said they are “disappointed” by incoming Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes’ announcement that he would appeal a federal judge’s ruling that essentially decriminalized polygamy.

On Thursday, Reyes gave an interview to FOX 13′s Ben Winslow where he said it was his intention to appeal U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups’ ruling striking down part of Utah’s bigamy law. The judge overturned the provision of the law that dealt with cohabitation, which was used to prosecute polygamists in the past.

“Our intention is to appeal,” Reyes said. “When I am sworn in that again is my intention, to defend the laws that have been passed by the state of Utah.”

The Brown family’s attorney, Jonathan Turley, issued a response on his blog, saying he was disappointed but willing to challenge the appeal in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

“Fighting to strip citizens of core rights of religious freedom and privacy is hardly a necessary or a redeeming act for any public official,” Turley wrote. “Nevertheless, these are not Utahan (sic) rights but American rights. It will be an honor to defend this decision, and the rights of the Brown family, in Denver.”

The Brown family issued a statement through Turley that reads:
“We are obviously disappointed by news that the incoming Attorney General has decided to appeal the decision to strike down the criminalization of polygamy. We left Utah after being subject to two years of investigation by prosecutors who called us felons because we chose to live as a plural family. We were told by our lead counsel, Professor Jonathan Turley, that we will now go to Colorado to defend this decision protecting our religious and privacy rights. While we regret the decision of the incoming Attorney General to try to strip our family of these rights, we look forward to arguing the case before the federal court of appeals and have absolute confidence in our cause and our counsel. Out of respect to the court, we intend to continue to limit our public discussion of this case. We want to let the legal process run its course and for the focus to be on the important legal issues of this case. Those issues go beyond our family and, with this appeal, will now hopefully benefit families beyond Utah.”

The clock for any appeals has been reset by Judge Waddoups. Court records indicate he vacated his final order because of a clerical error. Instead, he has scheduled a Jan. 14 hearing to address “unresolved issues.”

In the interview with FOX 13, Reyes also weighed in on last week’s ruling that overturned Amendment 3 — the voter-approved constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Reyes said he would continue to defend Amendment 3, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

“I think the voice of the people was clear. It’s my job not to speculate about political or social issues, but legal issues. My job and our job as a team will be to continue to defend, legally, the state laws,” Reyes said. “Beyond that, I think the citizens, regardless of the side of the issue you might fall on, deserve to have the process taken and have final word from the Supreme Court on this issue.”

The Utah Attorney General’s Office has said it will seek outside legal counsel as it prepares to appeal the Amendment 3 ruling. An application for a stay, halting same-sex marriages in Utah, could be filed with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as early as Monday.
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kcangel63
by Amanda on Dec. 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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I don't know much about the Brown family, other than what I've seen on the news and from friends. I know who they are. I know their religion. However this isn't about them, per say.


This is for the freedom for all consenting adults to freely live with and love one another as they see fit. It shouldn't be the place of the government to set standards on marriage. After all, it seems that those making the laws are the most whoretastic bunch out there. Who are they to say a man or woman can marry 2, 3, 4, 5, 6... Other men or women.
rocketracer
by Gold Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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 It will be legal wjhen GLADD fights for the right to marry multiple spouses....

Quoting kcangel63: I don't know much about the Brown family, other than what I've seen on the news and from friends. I know who they are. I know their religion. However this isn't about them, per say.


This is for the freedom for all consenting adults to freely live with and love one another as they see fit. It shouldn't be the place of the government to set standards on marriage. After all, it seems that those making the laws are the most whoretastic bunch out there. Who are they to say a man or woman can marry 2, 3, 4, 5, 6... Other men or women.

 

Pema_Jampa
by Emerald Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Should be legal. I wish him and his family many blessings and much happiness.

JanuaryBaby06
by on Dec. 30, 2013 at 2:15 PM
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Yeah this should absolutely be alegal and the cohabitation laws are an absolute joke... IMO!

jamamama00
by on Dec. 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM
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Marriage has absolutely nothing to do with who a person can love. It is a legal contract which protects the family unit. The government isn't ever going to allow multiple, simultaneous marriage. It would be detrimental to our economic system and open all kinds of doors for abuse. If someone wants to go fuck a bunch of people and pretend it's for religious purposes, by all means go ahead. But don't expect a tax credit for it.

kcangel63
by Amanda on Dec. 30, 2013 at 3:09 PM
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They aren't 'legally' married though. It's because he lives with them. The anti cohabitation laws are what ran his family from the state. These laws are crap.

I am if the same faith as the Browns. Not the same sect, but same beliefs. If my husband and I want to live Biblical marriage, we should be allowed to. That said, we wouldn't go through the state. If I was to do it over again, 16 years ago I wouldn't have legally married my hubby. We were already covenanted and married to each other before we were legally married.

The state has no place to tell me who I can love.


Quoting jamamama00:

Marriage has absolutely nothing to do with who a person can love. It is a legal contract which protects the family unit. The government isn't ever going to allow multiple, simultaneous marriage. It would be detrimental to our economic system and open all kinds of doors for abuse. If someone wants to go fuck a bunch of people and pretend it's for religious purposes, by all means go ahead. But don't expect a tax credit for it.

gludwig2000
by Gina on Dec. 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM

 I honestly see no harm when it comes to Polygamy because when it comes to consenting adults, its their business. We aren't talking the FLDS, with Jeff Warren here, because of course we know the harm that was done to young children, but polygamous unions do not always bring harm. Jeff Warren is a cult leader and not the norm, I hope.

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Dec. 30, 2013 at 7:52 PM

I think the AG is overlooking two key words: "consenting adults".

The "women" Warren Jeffs married off within FLDS, weren't women. Some were as young as 12. That's not the age of consent in any state. 

Rocketracer was right, when GLADD starts advocating for plural marriages, only then will it become OK.

blueforewolf
by on Dec. 31, 2013 at 1:36 AM
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the govt needs to make it all legal - same sex, different sex , many wives, many husbands, many husbands and wives,  - why are people so fucking nosy they need to get a life  - who cares who is marrying whom ffs? I don't give a shit  - consenting adults should be able to have whatever kind of marriage they want group hug

kcangel63
by Amanda on Dec. 31, 2013 at 1:38 AM
Thank you!

IDC what the dude down the street is doing, as long as all are consenting adults. If those in the relationship don't care, then nobody should care.


Quoting blueforewolf:

the govt needs to make it all legal - same sex, different sex , many wives, many husbands, many husbands and wives,  - why are people so fucking nosy they need to get a life  - who cares who is marrying whom ffs? I don't give a shit  - consenting adults should be able to have whatever kind of marriage they want group hug

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