Sister Wives Go To Court

In 2003, the US Supreme Court struck down laws criminalizing sex between gay and lesbian individuals, finding that those laws violated the individuals’ rights to privacy and intimate association. Could the same logic apply to anti-polygamy laws? a recent lawsuit, Brown V. Herbert, argues just that. What are the legal claims in the Brown lawsuit, and are they likely to succeed? What might be some of the legal or social effects of decriminalizing polygamy? This panel discusses the legal claims in the Brown lawsuit, as well as some of the likely social and community effects the litigation and its possible outcomes might create.

Kaimipono Wenger, Cheryl L. Bruno, Ben Winslow, Dewayne Hafen