'Sister Wives' Cast: Kody & Family Join March To Protest Ban Against Polygamous Marriages [VIDEO]
They haven't made a public appearance together in Utah since fleeing back in 2012 after facing potential charges after going public with their polygamous marriage, but the entire Brown family from Sister Wives added their voices to the crowd by joining a march in the state to protest a recent bill that would further allow for families to be prosecuted for their religious beliefs.
Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn were all present at the March, which was against a bill being floated by the Utah Legislature to keep polygamy as a felony in the state, something the Brown family has long been against.
The family recently lost a battle to take their particular case to the Supreme Court, after they felt they were forced to leave their homes in Utah to avoid their family being split up after potential prosecution when they went public on their show. They fled to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they have made their home ever since.
This appearance in Utah was their first public one as a family since fleeing the state.
They have been vocal against the bill, which is a new one that is set to "adjust the definition of bigamy to say someone is guilty if he or she 'purports' to marry two or more people and cohabits with them,' is also set to bring harsher penalties to those convicted under it if they are also convicted of additional crimes, such as domestic or sexual abuse, and those who willingly leave polygamous relationships because they feared they would be harmed, were underage, or were trying to protect a minor, would be shielded from prosecution.
The Browns were also vocal on social media about their disdain for the bill, with Kody, Meri and Janelle all sharing thoughts on why they felt it was wrong for the government to try and tell them how to live their lives.
— Kody Brown (@realkodybrown) February 9, 2017
"So calling her my 'wife' makes it a felony? You can't make this stuff up!" Kody wrote about a quote where it was implied that orgies were legal but polyamorous marriages were not.
Right up there with murderers & rapists? This is why I march! #LibertyMarch https://t.co/jJ75x3t822 — Meri Brown (@MeriBrown1) February 9, 2017
"Right up there with murderers & rapists? This is why I March!" Meri wrote about bigamy/polygamy being a felony.
We believe EVERYONE has the right to structure their families how they choose. Keep Government out of bedroom. What if your rights r next? https://t.co/liEAJBEG0s
— Janelle Brown (@JanelleBrown117) February 9, 2017
"We believe EVERYONE has the right to structure their families how they choose. Keep Government out of the bedroom. What if your rights r next?" Janelle posed to her followers.
The Brown family's situation sees Kody only legally married to his fourth wife, Robyn, and spiritually married to Meri, Janelle and Christine. He was previously married legally to only Meri before the two divorced in 2015 so he could legally adopt Robyn's children from a previous marriage and provide the same benefits to them as his biological kids. The family consists of 18 children in total between Kody's four marriages.