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Utah Polygamy Lawsuit Shut Down

Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and Holly Meade… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.

A lawsuit in Utah that was designed to promote polygamy ultimately came to a dead end. The case has now been dismissed by a Federal Court of Appeals.

Mat Staver: This case, Holly, arose from some people who are part of this TV program called “Sister Wives.” And they are engaged in one legal marriage, and what they call several “spiritual” marriages. Basically what they’re doing is polygamy. And they filed suit and the lower court ruled that the laws banning polygamy in Utah were unconstitutional. It went up to the Federal Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals didn’t rule on the merits but they ultimately dismissed the case as being moot.

So for now marriage in Utah no longer is bound by that lower court ruling. It still does not permit polygamy.

Holly Meade: You know, as someone who’s been in the communications field, in the media for so many years, it never ceases to amaze me the power that the media has over our culture and our society. And in this instance, when something is so wrong, that since 2010 this program has been airing regarding this man with his many wives. A Washington Post TV critic said, “This show is a public relations gift from above.” 


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