I don't know if any of you plan to watch this but I encourage you to do so. This was actually filmed by a British film crew a couple of years ago and was aired on a UK TV station. I actually watched it before, but plan to watch it again. Rather than being reality TV it is shot in documentary form and is only a few episodes. The Foster family lives about 30 miles south of me. I have known them for almost 25 years. Hopefully TLC won't try to turn this into a regular series. The Fosters are an awesome family, much like Joe Darger's family. I loved it when the Dargers told TLC to shove it.
One of the reasons that I like the Fosters and the Dargers is that they are the ones that are really publicly fighting the polygamy fight in Utah at the grass roots level. They know Utah isn't going to put them in jail, or to take away their land. They know Utah will only fight polygamy on the grounds of when other crimes are committed. While they fight for the end to the criminalization of polygamy, it is still against the law Federally. Utah laws don't mean shit as long as polygamy is outlawed nationally.
Yes, the Browns filed suit against Utah and lost, but it wasn't because of what was explained on the show. They filed a suit against the State of Utah and the Supreme Court found there wasn't a problem created by the State because the Browns opted to move to another state. There wasn't a violation of their civil rights. The State of Utah has not taken legal action against anyone, just because they were polygamists, since the raids in the 1930's. The last time the Federal Government did raids concerning polygamy was in 1889. In 1890 the Mormon Church issued the Mormon Manifesto which ended the sanctioning of polygamy. In 1896 Utah became a State. The Feds ended their fight with the State of Utah, who then, unfortunately, had to fight the offshoots of the Mormon Church that still believed in polygamy.
Unless the State of Utah or the Federal Government arrests someone simply because of being a polygamist, there isn't a need for the Supreme Court to intervene.