'Sister Wives': Everything You Necessity to Know About Kody Brown and Family

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 3:07 AM

The tenth U. S. Circuit Ct of Appeals dismissed a two thousand thirteen ruling that struck down key parts of Utah'south law against bigamy, according to The Associated Press.

'Sister Wives': Everything You Necessity to Know About Kody Brown and Family

On Monday a federal Ct of appeals restored Utah'south ban on polygamy, a decision that could've major repercussions for "Sister Wives" star Kody Brown and his four wives.

The tenth U. S. Circuit Ct of Appeals dismissed a two thousand thirteen ruling that struck down key parts of Utah'south law against bigamy, according to The Associated Press.

After the ruling, Brown family lawyer Jonathan Turley released a statement that read, "We respectfully dispute with the panel on its interpretation of the governing law and we'll appeal the decision. The Brown family is obviously disappointed in the ruling but remains committed to this fight for the protections of religion, speech, and privacy in Utah."

As this case moves forward -- Turley stated his clients have the option to seek "the review of the all Tenth Circuit or [file] directly with the Supreme Court" -- here'south what you necessity to know about Brown, the Ct cases and the family'south TLC reality show.

The hit TLC indicate began in two thousand-tenth and currently follows Brown, forty-seven, and his four wives -- Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn. The family has eighteen children in all.

Brown first married Meri in one thousand nine hundred-ninetieth and she was his valid wife until two thousand fourteen, when he legally married Robyn in order to adopt her children. Now, Meri, Janelle and Christine are all tied to Brown as portion of a spiritual union.

"We've chosen to legally restructure our family," the Brown family told ABC News via a statement latest year. "We made this decision together as a family. We're grateful to our family, friends and fans for all their like and support."

The indicate has aired one hundred episodes in all. Season six just finished latest November.

Discovery, the parent company of TLC, declined to comment.

The children include:

Mariah -- whom Brown had with Meri -- Logan, Madison, Hunter, Garrison, Gabriel and Savanah -- whom Brown had with Janelle -- Aspyn, Mykelti, Paedon, Gwendlyn, Ysabel and Truely -- whom he'd with Christine, and Solomon and Ariella Mae -- whom he'd with Robyn -- the latter coming earlier this year. Brown has also adopted Robyn'south three children from a previous relationship -- Dayton, Aurora and Breanna.

"On Oct. twenty, one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine, I met up with my new companion who was visiting from out of town. At that time, she introduced me to Kody, her brother. During that weekend while she was visiting, the three of us hung out together, shopping, going to movies and just having fun together. After she went home, I figured that'd probably be the latest I'd look of Kody for a while. Not so!" explained Meri on the official indicate page.

Meri said she fell for Brown when she was nineteen.

"A couple weeks later on Christmas Eve - yes, two months after we met - he gave me a ring and asked me to marry him," she added.

For Janelle, her relationship began after Meri introduced the two.

"Meri had brought him to a gathering to introduce him to her friends. When he walked into the room I looked at him and had that feeling of remembering something I'd forgotten. It was a singular experience," she writes.

"It didn't occur to me when I met Kody to think of him in any other way than as Meri'south fiance. I even attended Meri and Kody'south wedding reception. I'd known Meri'south family for several years before the night I met Kody so it was natural for me to be at their house from time to time. Over the following few years I'd look them occasionally. Eventually, Kody and I became as excellent of friends as Meri and I were," she added.

Janelle married Brown in one thousand nine hundred ninety-third and he married Christine the following year.

"Kody and I met through my sister in the summer of one thousand nine hundred ninety after I got out of high school. Kody and Meri were her chaperones on a youth wilderness trek," she wrote, adding that her sister had grand stories of Kody'south strength and inspiration.

After becoming near friends, Christine said she let Brown know how she felt and he decided to "obtain the ball rolling."

"I talked to my Dad first - he'd wanted me to marry Kody for years, so he heartily agreed. Kody officially asked about me on Valentine'south Day of one thousand nine hundred ninety-four. That weekend he came to town with Janelle and we went out of our first date and he proposed," she added.

Latest but not least, Brown married Robyn in two thousand-tenth.

In two thousand-ninth, "I went through a very challenging marriage and divorce and when you experience that kind of pain you swear to yourself you'll never let yourself or your kids go though that kind of turmoil again. Needless to declare I wasn't interested in a relationship," Robyn wrote on her bio.

In the summer of that year, Robyn went to church and noticed Brown.

"The first thing I noticed about the man was his eyes. I like laugh lines and this man had pretty ones. I sat there just watching him thinking he looked kind and happy. Suddenly he looked up and looked right at me. As he looked at me, a jolt of lightening shot through my body," she continued in her story.

After becoming near with the Brown family, Robyn says "it took months for me to be convinced that it was right. I was making sure this time that I'd found my soulmate."

"The whole time Kody and I were courting, he was so patient with my fears and my issues that'd arrive from my latest marriage. He was so sweet, kind and loving, that he slowly broke down my walls," she added.

On different occasions in two thousand-thirteenth and two thousand fourteen, U. S. District Ct Judge Clarke Waddoups struck down several parts of a polygamy law that paved the way for "families love the Browns can presently be both plural and valid in the state of Utah," wrote Brown'south attorney, Jonathan Turley, in two thousand-fourteenth.

"The Ct specifically struck down speech criminalizing cohabitation -- the provision that's used to prosecute polygamists. Judge Waddoups reaffirmed the independence of our courts and stood against open prejudice and hostility toward plural families," Turley added about the latest ruling by Waddoups.

Brown also released a statement two years ago after the ruling was announced.

"While we know that many people don't approve of plural families, it's our family and based on our religious beliefs," he stated. "Just as we respect the personal and religious choices of other families, we hope that in time all of our neighbors and fellow citizens will arrive to respect our own choices as portion of this wonderful country of different faiths and beliefs."

UT Attorney Common Sean Reyes told ABC News at the time that his office was determining whether to appeal the ruling.

"It's necessary to legally evaluate the ruling'south scope and how it'll impact future litigation," Reyes said.

According to The Associated Press, a key fact in dismissing the past decision was that Brown and his family was involved in the lawsuit, even though the Browns had never been prosecuted or charged with any crimes. Brown filed a case, Brown v. Buhman, in two thousand-eleventh, after it was revealed that Kody was being investigated by local police. It stated that Brown is only legally married to one woman and spiritually to the other three, thus he should avert issues with the law.

Any potential case against Brown was eventually dropped, but his case continued and ended in Waddoups first ruling in two thousand-thirteenth.

Turley said if Brown and other families love his wish to proceed, "we've the skill to seek a rehearing from the panel."

"It'll be an honor to continue this fight with the Brown family in seeking the recognition of equal religious and speech rights for all families in Utah," he added.

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