Are the Sister Wives Mormon?

Meri, Robyn, Christine, Janelle, and Kody Brown

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 mainstream Mormons react to them. The Browns, and other polygamists, make mainstream Mormons uncomfortable. This is partially because most Mormons want to get away from polygamy. They … [Read more...]

Sister Wives: Trading Anonymity for Tolerance

On Mother's Day, Kody and the kids prepare a big breakfast for their moms and grandmothers.

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 the poster child of plural marriage," Janelle Brown told me in an interview.Warren Jeffs is the former head of the Fundamentalist Church of … [Read more...]

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

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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 Adam Alba, one of their attorneys, pointed out to Approaching Justice right after the Brown v. Buhman ruling, only Kody and Meri are legally married. As a result, Kody files … [Read more...]

What Would You Ask The #SisterWives Family?

The Brown Family: Janelle, Christine, Kody, Meri, and Robyn.

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 allows.Sorry, questions left on Facebook or Twitter do not count.What would you like to know? … [Read more...]

TLC Picks Up “My Five Wives” as a Series

Nonie, Robyn, Brady, Paulie, Rhonda, and Rosemary (Source: TLC)

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 "averaged 1.9 million total viewers."On Tuesday, Approaching Justice reported about the response of Brady Williams to Friday's Brown v. Buhman ruling which s … [Read more...]

Progressive Polygamist: Polygamists Need to Change Their Ways

Nonie, Robyn, Brady, Paulie, Rhonda, and Rosemary (Source: TLC)

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."We are no longer considered criminals by the courts," wrote Williams in a statement he made on Facebook and shared with Approaching Justice. "Let’s prove that we are deserving of that assessment by … [Read more...]

LDS Church Releases New Statement on Polygamy

John Walton Price, James C. Hamilton, Guard, George Q. Cannon (seated), Guard, Charles Nookes and A. J. Hansen in the Utah Penitentiary, 1888. (Source: http://www.stayfamily.org/showmedia.php?mediaID=247)

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 few points stood out after an initial reading by Approaching Justice.The entry acknowledges that polygamy was still practiced after the 1890 "Manifesto" which … [Read more...]


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