‘Sister Wives’ Appeal To Supreme Court To Allow Plural Marriages

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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“Sister Wives” star is appealing a decision to allow plural marriages without criminalization to the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to Fox News, Kody Brown, known for his reality show about polygamy, has been granted more time to appeal the highest court in the land after the 10th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a decision from 2013 that allowed him to have four wives without facing criminalization. (RELATED: Polygamy Attorney On Gay Marriage Decision: SCOTUS Opinion ‘Resonates With Our Arguments’)

Kody Brown (R) is seen with Robyn, Janelle, Meri, and Christine, the women he calls his wives, in a scene from "Sister Wives". REUTERS/TLC/Handout

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor has granted Brown and his family up until September 10, 2016 to file the petition asking them to review the lower courts decision on plural marriages.

Brown’s attorney, Jonathan Turley, said in the past the case is not about “recognizing plural marriages” but fighting against the “criminalization of private consensual relations.” He added in that aspect, the case is more closely linked to the one the Supreme Court ruled on 10 years ago.

“The important thing though is to recognize that the question in our case is closer to the issue resolved by the Supreme Court ten years ago for gay couples in striking down the criminalization of homosexual relationships,” Turley said in a statement to The Daily Caller.

The reality show “Sister Wives” first episode on TLC came out in September of 2010. In 2012, Brown and his family sued the state of Utah after being investigated for bigamy. In 2013 the family won their case when U.S. District Court Judge Clarke Waddoups removed the threat of arrest on polygamy families, and that parts of the law violated their rights to religious freedom. That decision was over turned in April.