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“Doesn’t it bother you that your husband is sleeping with four other women?”

My Five Wives is returning to TLC for their first full season on March 9. Here is the TLC spot promoting their upcoming season: I will be interviewing Nonie, Robyn, Brady, Paulie, Rhonda, & Rosemary Williams between now and the season premiere. Keep an eye on Approaching Justice for updates. What questions do you have […]

Are the Sister Wives Mormon?

Absolutely. While they are not “mainstream” Mormons, as the Brown family refers to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City, they are very much Mormon. The thing that has intrigued me about the Brown family as I have observed them over the years is how […]

Sister Wives: Trading Anonymity for Tolerance

While many mainstream Mormons are uncomfortable being associated with polygamy and polygamists, the Browns of TLC’s Sister Wives similarly do not want to be associated with all polygamists. (The Browns call members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City “mainstream” Mormons) “We were tired of Warren Jeffs being […]

How does a Polygamous Family File Their Tax Returns? #sisterwives

Well, they don’t. At least, not as a polygamous family. This morning, Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn Brown spoke with me about a variety of issues. One thing I asked them about was taxes. No, not what they thought about taxes. But, as a polygamist family, how do they file their taxes?   As […]

What Would You Ask The #SisterWives Family?

I will be interviewing Janelle, Christine, Meri, Robyn, and Kody later this week. I have written about them, and polygamy in general, quite a bit lately. What question or questions would you ask the family made famous by TLC’s Sister Wives? I will ask as many questions submitted in the comment section below as time […]

TLC Picks Up “My Five Wives” as a Series

I just received word from Shannon Martin, a senior director of publicity with TLC, that the show “My Five Wives” featuring the Williams family has been picked up as a series. The nine episode season is set to premiere on March 9. The debut/pilot episode aired back in September. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that episode […]

Progressive Polygamist: Polygamists Need to Change Their Ways

Brady Williams, a progressive philosophy student and practicing polygamist whose family was featured on TLC’s My Five Wives, views the recent ruling in the case of Brown v. Buhman, also known as the Sister Wives case, as opportunity for the polygamist community to change their ways. Brady Williams (Source: TLC) “We are no longer considered […]

LDS Church Releases New Statement on Polygamy

In the wake of the polygamy ruling by the U.S. District Court for Utah, and on the heels of a similar post about race and the priesthood, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a brand new “Gospel Topics” entry dealing with the history of plural marriage as practiced by Latter-day Saints. […]

A Look at the Sister Wives Ruling with an Attorney for the Browns.

In his office, Adam Alba has a picture of early Mormon Apostle George Q. Cannon wearing a black and white stripe prison uniform in the 1890s. In the picture, Cannon is sitting with other prominent Mormons of the day who, like Cannon, were imprisoned for violating anti-polygamy laws. A Mormon himself, Alba, the co-counsel for […]

Polygamy Researcher Responds to Sister Wives Ruling

In response to an inquiry from Approaching Justice, author and polygamy researcher Brian C. Hales responded to Friday’s ruling by the United States District Court for Utah which ruled that Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional. "Theologically, the LDS Church’s support of proposition 8 in California was a firm declaration against both polygamy and same-sex marriage," […]

Nate Oman on Reynolds, Polygamy, and Mormonism

Yesterday, the Federal District Court for Utah ruled that Utah polygamy laws violated the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. District Judge Clark Waddoup, in his ruling, addressed the 1878 Reynolds v. United States Supreme Court case which determined that religious duty is not a defense against criminal charges. Specifically, it is not a […]

Breaking: Judge Rules Utah’s Anti-Polygamy Law Unconstitutional in Sister Wives Case (With Updates)

Federal District Court Judge Clark Waddoup ruled today that Utah’s anti-polygamy laws violate the free exercise clause of the first amendment. The case is a particularly high profile because the Plaintiffs against the state of Utah are Kody Brown and his wives. The Browns are famous from their reality show Sister Wives on the cable […]