Judge’s Decision, in Brown V Utah County, is a Great Victory and a Step toward Ending Years of Oppression of Polyamorous and Other Non-traditional Families!
A court decision handed down late Friday, December 13, 2013 by Utah US District Court Judge Clark Waddoups to strike down portions of Utah’s Anti-Bigamy Law dealing with cohabitation in the case of The Browns (from the TLC Reality Series Sister Wives- Photo Right) V. Utah County has far reaching and powerful implications, not just for polygamous families but for polyamorous families as well. Utah, along with many other states in the US have Anti-Bigamy laws that include non-married cohabitating adults as part of their anti-bigamy/polygamy laws. These laws, though rarely enforced, have an effect on polyamorous families and their ability to work, live and raise children. Fear of prosecution, job discrimination and child custody issues keep many polyamorous families closeted and isolated. This is a first step in opening the door for legal protection of people and families who choose to live in polyamorous arrangements.
This is an exciting step toward legal protections for people and families who choose polyamory. We as a movement still have a long way to go.
Robyn is the Executive Director of Loving More Non-Profit, a national leader for polyamory awareness, polyamory counselor, workshop facilitator and writer. Since 2004 Robyn has worked to expand media awareness of polyamory appearing in numerous articles, radio shows and TV. Robyn and Loving More were instrumental in the formation of Polyamory Leadership Network. A national speaker and advocate for polyamory she has been a speaker at conferences, taught at universities and been a featured keynote speaker. Robyn has been openly polyamorous for 23 years, raising three children in a polyamorous family. Robyn has been running polyamory support groups, teaching and facilitating relationship and sexuality workshop since 1999. In addition she counsels polyamorous individuals and families. Currently Robyn is working on two polyamory related books.