The State has once again tried to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Brown’s, of TLC’s Sisterwives as they stated the case had “mootness.” In the legal system, a matter is moot if further legal proceedings with regard to it can have no effect, or events have placed it beyond the reach of the law. Thereby the matter has been deprived of practical significance or rendered purely academic because of mootness. See a full report here.
We interviewed with Ben Winslow of Fox 13 news to air tonight. We told them that Attorney Generals come and go, if it is academic then why keep the laws? The State wants to be able to have the law on the books to use when they may, and that is up t0 the whim of whatever local prosecutor or current AG happens to be in place. That is the irony of this case. They want to dismiss it because the Utah County AG decided to investigate the family, though now he says he won’t. Hopefully the Judge sees through the ruse allows the lawsuit to go forward, because we and thousands like us are following the case. It does affect our lives.
The fear is real, and the law is based upon archaic notions of morality and stereotypes of what plural families are. Those stereotype perpetuate because when a problem occurs or a crime happens, it is the only time plural families are publicized. When families like ours or the Browns are public we must endure the threat of prosecution. The State rattled its sword, and now it should not be able to sheathe it and say, “not this time” without consequences.
Thank you to all who have been so supportive. Please continue to get the word out, only by publicizing this issue will people understand what we are about so change can occur.