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Sister Wives Sue Utah, Claiming Law Against Polygamy Is Unconstitutional

The cast of the Sister Wives reality show has filed a federal lawsuit against Utah, claiming that the state's ban on polygamy is unconstitutional.
The case could potentially decriminalize a way of life for tens of thousands of self-described Mormon fundamentalists, most of whom live in Utah where bigamy is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The state, meanwhile, has publicly said it won’t prosecute consenting adult polygamists unless there are other crimes involved, but insists the law doesn’t overreach. “It is not protected under religious freedom because states have the right to regulate marriage,” said Paul Murphy, spokesman for Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.
You know where this is going for us.

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