Federal appeals court wants fixes made in polygamy case

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jun 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-15 20:25:08-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has given the Utah Attorney General’s Office until next week to make some fixes to its appeal in the “Sister Wives” case.

In an order issued Monday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the state until Monday to make corrections for typos and add case references to its filing seeking to uphold the state’s ban on polygamy. Such requests are common in appeals, but the 10th Circuit judges said they would grant no more deadline extensions in the case.

Reality TV polygamist Kody Brown and his wives are suing the state of Utah, arguing its ban on plural marriage violates their right to freely practice their religion and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. A week before Utah’s same-sex marriage ban was overturned, another federal judge essentially decriminalized polygamy.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office has asked for arguments in the case before the 10th Circuit Court, based in Denver. Such arguments could be scheduled before the end of the year.