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Kody Brown, an unapologetic polygamist with four wives and sixteen children and step-children, is the star of a television show called Sister Wives. The show has just finished its second season, which ended with news of the family’s middle-of-the-night move across the Utah border to Nevada, to evade possible prosecution on bigamy charges by the Utah authorities. The family has hired a lawyer to challenge the constitutionality of Utah’s criminal bigamy law.

In this column, I will consider the variations in state bigamy laws that make Nevada a safer home for the Browns than Utah was. I’ll also evaluate the Browns’ likelihood of success on their claim that Utah’s law violates the federal constitution.