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The Legal Future of Polygamy

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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.

Guests:

  • 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
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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