Flagstaff has received an influx of celebrity residents this month--23, to be exact.
The family and cast of the TLC reality show “Sister Wives” has reportedly moved into their new house in the Flagstaff area.
Open polygamist Kody Brown, 50, moved from Las Vegas with his four wives in July. Between Christine, Robyn, Janelle and Meri Brown, the group has a combined total of 18 children. The ages of the children range from 2 to 24 years old, with nine of them under the age of 18.
The Brown family released a statement to People magazine on July 10, proclaiming their enthusiasm for the town. “As much as we’ve loved making our home and memories here in Las Vegas, we are excited to embark on a new adventure in Flagstaff, Arizona” they told the magazine.
They seem to be drawn to Flagstaff for the same reasons many of the locals have come to love it. “We are looking forward to cooler temperatures, the mountain air, scenic views and the slower lifestyle of Flagstaff,” they shared with People.
This isn’t the first move for the Brown family.
The Browns are originally from Lehi, Utah, where their reality show began in 2010. After the TLC cable show gained popularity, investigations launched into the Brown’s polygamist lifestyle. Utah has strict laws against polygamy, and in 2011 after the Browns were cited, Kody Brown sued the state, claiming the laws were unconstitutional. (In March of 2017, a new bigamy law in Utah was passed that makes a person guilty if he or she lives with a claimed spouse while being legally married to another, as opposed to just being “spiritually” wed, according to CNN).
Soon after the Browns began facing federal charges for their lifestyle in 2011, the family moved to Las Vegas. In an episode of Oprah from March 2015, Mr. Kody Brown explains that they moved west to experience greater religious freedom.
"There was an immense amount of peace that we felt in arriving to Las Vegas," Kody Brown told Oprah. "It was like, 'Okay, this is our new home and here we believe we will experience freedom.'"
But seven years later, the Browns have now set up shop in Arizona. According to an article from the Tucson Citizen, “polygamy law in Arizona is fuzzy. Arizona’s Constitution bans polygamy but lists no punishment.” Meanwhile, Nevada's polygamy punishments at maximum sentence can lead to four years in Nevada state prison and $5000 in fines.
Perhaps some light will be shed on this subject, as well as a glimpse or two of the San Francisco Peaks, when Sister Wives returns for its 13th season on TLC in early 2019.