Man Marries 5 Women And People Are Surprised When He Lets Cameras Inside Their Home
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Polygamy is not as shocking to the American public as it perhaps once was. Although long banned by the Mormon church, many rural Utah fundamentalists sects continue to practice it. The communities are fairly small and secluded, so much so, that sometimes cousins end up married to the same man.
The TLC show "Sister Wives” – going into its seventh season now – has acclimated viewers to the joys and challenges of polygamy as seen through the eyes of Kody Brown, along with his four wives, and their combined progeny of 18 children.
But another show – with the sit-comish name of "My Five Wives,” which also aired on TLC until its cancellation in early 2015 – revealed some of the more salacious aspects of one man being married to five women at once.
As discussed with Cecilia Vega on ABC’s Nightline, Brady Williams – ironically a former bishop in the Mormon church – eventually bucked his community completely, and even wanted to leave the area, with his family of wives and 24 kids in tow. Why? Because while this family may seem ultra-conservative (by Mormon standards, anyway), they are actually fine with gay marriage, indulge in an occasional adult beverage, and even tell their kids that they need not follow the polygamist lifestyle themselves when they are old enough to marry.
The Williams clan deemed themselves "progressive polygamists,” a term that is bound to stir up plenty of controversy, from evangelists to feminists, and everybody in between.
Their views ultimately caused so much consternation in their small Utah community, it made them feel shunned. But while the family was looking for new digs elsewhere, accommodating the huge crew – who currently live in two large homes on the same lot – is no easy task.
Yet the family struggles with many of the same issues that every other American family does, from jealousy over attention to other women (in this case, other wives) to a staggering $4,000 (gasp!) monthly food bill to feed the group of 30.
Whether or not Americans approve of the polygamist lifestyle, we are a country that is certainly fascinated by its contradictions and curiosities. And although "My Five Wives” was cancelled, you can be sure this topic will continue to stir plenty of debate on all sides of the issues