Idaho Reverses Ban on ‘Five Wives Vodka’ After Threat of Lawsuit

Five Wives Vodka distributed by Ogden's Own Distillery in Utah was banned in Idaho for what they called an offensive label.

Some men dream of having numerous wives, but, they can barely afford the one they have, so that idea remains a dream.  But there may be one way they can live the dream…except in Idaho.  Oops! Idaho is an option now as well.

Five Wives are now available to everyone in Idaho as long as you make a special order.  See where I’m going with this?  Well, Idaho does.  They banned Five Wives Vodka because of what it suggests. Apparently, the vodka sends a message that Idaho wants to disassociate itself from…polygamy.

Idaho lies in Mormon country and polygamy was once an accepted practice of the religion…back in the 19th century.   But now polygamy is frowned upon and the Idaho State Liquor Division finds the label with five women hiking their dresses up under the title Five Wives offensive.  And they took a–what turned out to be temporary–stand against the Five Wives Vodka distributor by banning it in the state.

But the producer of the Five Wives Vodka, Ogden’s Own Distillery in Utah (where the Mormon church is based) and Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University professor threatened to sue within 10 days, calling the ban “unconstitutional.”  But it took just a few hours for Idaho to change their minds and reverse the ban.

Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks

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