Hulu. But I have watched a few clips of Sister Wives online. If you didn't know this, I have a serious fascination with polygamy and LDS polygamist break off sects. So this new show on TLC, if you didn't know, is about a man and his wife and his other wife and his other wife...and how they are dating this other gal that could be their fourth wife. And they live in Lehi. And the women are all over the age of 30. And they look normal. The husband is even somewhat good looking and not some creepy old man.
Now, because they were so willing to go public about their "arrangement" through this TV reality show, the city of Lehi has decided to prosecute. Lame.
So I've been thinking about this. You know, a hundred and fifty plus years ago, the events of polygamy laid out my very existence. Yep, I come from several polygamist families of the early LDS church. And that is why I exist. And also, even homosexuals are allowed to cohabitate and express their love behind closed doors in the way they choose. Yes, gays have more rights than polygamists in this country. Yet at least half the world is okay with the practice of polygamy in THEIR cultures. And here is the city of Lehi, with officials who most likely came from polygamist ancestors and they are trying to incriminate them?
So it's ridiculous.
Law enforcement will prosecute a man willing to marry and take care of several women, but do little to nothing about a man who gets women pregnant and leaves. Also, Hue Heffner. No one goes after him, though he lives with three women at a time less than half his age and refuses to marry any of them. Come on. That's okay but a man who marries them is not?
And then I was talking about this whole deal with my roommate and about the ridiculousness. She is a convert. She is not from polygamist ancestors. And she sees the ridiculousness. Why does it matter who people want to marry or if they want to marry more than one person? It doesn't affect anyone but them! And this is our argument we are having and then we realize it is the same argument used for gay marriage. Why does it matter?
But the thing is, like I mentioned before, the issue is not being married legally. Though I'm sure that would be nice for these folks to have that. It is about being able to practice their religion openly and being able to live together openly and not be jailed for it. Gays can live the way they want with their partner right now. They have more rights, under our current system, than this family and others like them. And that is really wrong.