The polygamous family starring in the hit TLC reality show Sister Wives believes the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage gives them grounds to live their lifestyle unpunished, according to an appeal filed last week.
Kody Brown and his four wives—Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Christine Brown, and Robyn Sullivan—
filed documents with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday arguing the state has no right to interfere with consensual adult relationships. The filing cites the landmark Obergefell v. Hodgescase.
“It is clear that states can no longer use criminal codes to coerce or punish those who choose to live in consensual but unpopular unions,” attorney Jonathan Turley said in the filing.
Turley argued modern cases have “rejected the criminalization of private relationships” as well as “rejected barriers based on moral and social bias.”