Idaho capitulates to 'Five Wives Vodka'
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho State Liquor Division on Wednesday reversed direction in the face of a lawsuit and says it will sell Five Wives Vodka.
The agency in a state that's more than 25 percent Mormon last week rejected the product with an unmistakable reference to polygamy and a label with five women hiking up their skirts.
The vodka originates from Ogden's Own Distillery in Utah, where the Mormon church is based.
The decision came shortly after George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley on his website told Idaho officials he planned to sue on behalf of the producer of Five Wives Vodka.
He called the ban unconstitutional and gave the state 10 days to reverse its position.
The Mormon church at one time allowed polygamy but abandoned the practice in 1890.