The Legal Future of Polygamy

Apr 19, 2016


As public support for same-sex marriage gained momentum, some polygamists saw a chance to decriminalize their relationships. TV personality Kody Brown and his four wives sued Utah County, saying bigamy laws violate their right to privacy and religious freedom. They won that case in U.S. District court, but the 10th Circuit overturned the decision last week. Tuesday, we’re asking whether the recognition of gay marriage opened any doors for polygamy and what the legal future of plural marriage may be.


  • Frederick Gedicks, Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law, J Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
  • Casey Faucon, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver