‘Sister Wives’: How Kody Brown Changed Utah Polygamy Laws

Sister Wives fans are used to hearing about Kody Brown and trying to change his family’s living dynamic, but they might not expect to hear that he changed the law. However, that seems to be the case as Utah moves a law forward changing how the state deals with polygamy. And rest assured — part of this change is thanks to Kody Brown and his efforts to make it happen. What’s more, with Utah on the way decriminalizing polygamy, fans are now wondering: are Kody Brown and his polygamist family thinking of making a move to Utah sometime soon? 

Kody Brown impacts Utah bill 

Robyn Brown, Meri Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown, and Janelle Brown from Sister Wives
Robyn Brown, Meri Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown, and Janelle Brown from Sister Wives | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

As of now, a Utah bill that would reduce the criminality of polygamy for consenting adults has been unanimously endorsed by a Utah Senate committee. That means the bill, Senate Bill 102, will be moved to the full Utah Senate for a chamber vote. 

The bill would affect polygamists like Brown, who appears on Sister Wives with his four wives. Polygamy would be reduced from a felony to an infraction. Senator Deidre Henderson, who supports the bill, told NPR, “Branding all polygamists as felons has facilitated abuse, not eliminated polygamy.”

Brown and his wives have been working to have the Utah law on polygamy for quite some time, even discussing it on Sister Wives. For example, On February 10, 2017, Kody Brown and his family marched in the “March for Liberty” in Salt Lake City, Utah, to support changing the laws around polygamy. 

Kody Brown protested the Utah polygamy laws after he was investigated for bigamy by Utah prosecutors. His initial challenge failed, but he has been an outspoken proponent for change in the law since then.

Any chance of a ‘Sister Wives’ move to Utah?

Christine Brown, Janelle Brown, Kody Brown, Robyn Brown, and Meri Brown from Sister Wives
Christine Brown, Janelle Brown, Kody Brown, Robyn Brown, and Meri Brown from Sister Wives | Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic

With the law in Utah changing to be more welcoming for families like Kody Brown’s, fans are wondering if the Sister Wives might make a move to Utah in the future. As it stands now, the family is looking at developing their land in Arizona. Could the law change that?

After the bill was passed, Brown was spotted in Utah with Robyn Brown, which had some fans wondering if they were scouting out real estate. Soap Dirt reports that Kody Brown does have daughters from his third wife, Christine Brown, who live out in Utah, which could explain his visit. 

However, it is pretty well-known that Kody Brown would prefer to live in Utah, a state that he seems to view as home. Las Vegas was never Kody Brown’s preferred choice, and as it stands now, the Browns are struggling with their transition to their Flagstaff, AZ property. Perhaps the change in Utah legislature has the Sister Wives family envisioning a future different from their current Flagstaff plans. 

Kody Brown and family face a blowout

Meri Brwon, Janelle Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown, and Robyn Brown from Sister Wives
Meri Brwon, Janelle Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown, and Robyn Brown from Sister Wives | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

The Sister Wives transition to their Coyote Pass property has not gone smoothly. In fact, the family recently had one of their biggest fights yet over who is going to live where, and whether or not Kody Brown is listening to his wives. 

Both Meri Brown and Robyn Brown became frustrated with the feeling that they were last in the pecking order when it comes to choosing plots of land. Meri felt as though Kody didn’t listen to her needs properly, and snapped at her husband.

Brown felt as though Meri was playing mind games. He told his other wives, “This is the game she plays. She’s always played it…She won’t be happy until she has all of you bowing at her feet.”