Awesome. Hopefully all the non-bigots can unite with white-hot fervor in their calls for equality. Any maybe, just maybe, someone can manage to work in a comparison to the Civil Rights movement, because, you know, being denied the right to this consenting adult relationship is just like slavery and Jim Crow:
[/i]"Utahâ??s complicated history with polygamy will start a new chapter Wednesday when an attorney for a reality-show family files a lawsuit that could send the stateâ??s ban on plural marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Nationally-known constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley said the lawsuit to be filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City will not call for plural marriages to be recognized by the state. Instead, it asks for polygamy between consenting adults like his clients, former Utahn Kody Brown and his wives, to no longer be considered a crime.
"We are only challenging the right of the state to prosecute people for their private relations and demanding equal treatment with other citizens in living their lives according to their own beliefs," Turley said in a press release. The Browns star in the TLC network show "Sister Wives." There is no word yet on whether they will appear in a press conference scheduled for Wednesday.
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said the countryâ??s ongoing legal wrangling over same-sex marriage will necessarily grow to include plural marriage â?? quite possibly centered around this case.
"Iâ??m confident that we can [defend] a challenge all the way to the Supreme Court," Shurtleff said.
"Ultimately, this decision is going to have to go there. You see it coming," he added.
The Supreme Court toyed with taking on polygamy five years ago, when they asked for briefs in the case of polygamous police officer Rodney Holm, who was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old plural wife. The justices ultimately refused to hear his appeal.
"The whole case was tainted by [sexual contact with a minor]. We didnâ??t die on the courthouse steps, we died inside," said attorney Rod Parker, who represented Holm. "I donâ??t know if [the Brown case] will be the one, but sooner or later oneâ??s going to go there ... if itâ??s factually clean."[/i]