Discuss Sister Wives

I don't know if any of you plan to watch this but I encourage you to do so. This was actually filmed by a British film crew a couple of years ago and was aired on a UK TV station. I actually watched it before, but plan to watch it again. Rather than being reality TV it is shot in documentary form and is only a few episodes. The Foster family lives about 30 miles south of me. I have known them for almost 25 years. Hopefully TLC won't try to turn this into a regular series. The Fosters are an awesome family, much like Joe Darger's family. I loved it when the Dargers told TLC to shove it.

One of the reasons that I like the Fosters and the Dargers is that they are the ones that are really publicly fighting the polygamy fight in Utah at the grass roots level. They know Utah isn't going to put them in jail, or to take away their land. They know Utah will only fight polygamy on the grounds of when other crimes are committed. While they fight for the end to the criminalization of polygamy, it is still against the law Federally. Utah laws don't mean shit as long as polygamy is outlawed nationally.

Yes, the Browns filed suit against Utah and lost, but it wasn't because of what was explained on the show. They filed a suit against the State of Utah and the Supreme Court found there wasn't a problem created by the State because the Browns opted to move to another state. There wasn't a violation of their civil rights. The State of Utah has not taken legal action against anyone, just because they were polygamists, since the raids in the 1930's. The last time the Federal Government did raids concerning polygamy was in 1889. In 1890 the Mormon Church issued the Mormon Manifesto which ended the sanctioning of polygamy. In 1896 Utah became a State. The Feds ended their fight with the State of Utah, who then, unfortunately, had to fight the offshoots of the Mormon Church that still believed in polygamy.

Unless the State of Utah or the Federal Government arrests someone simply because of being a polygamist, there isn't a need for the Supreme Court to intervene.

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Thanks for the tip. I saw it in the listings but figured it was just another TLC version of a polygamy reality show, like the Seeking Sister Wife thing. Sounds like it might be more like the six part series that ran a few years ago. It had more of a documentary feel. I can't remember the name.

On a related note, I wonder if there is a reliable statistic on the number of polygamist families in the US.

The last figure that I saw was that there were about 60,000 families that lived a polygamist lifestyle, most of whom were offshoots from the Mormon Church.

When is this on because I want to watch it.

I've seen it in the TLC listings. I'm sure it will be rerun many times.

It's on after the first airing of Sister Wives this Sunday.

It is named as a documentary in the TV listings, as Desert Dude described. Looks to be worth a try.

They played a commercial for 'Three Wives, One Husband'. A British company filmed for a year & it aired a year ago in the UK. They called it a documentary, but TLC isn't calling it that in this commercial. It's not just about one family, there are 14 families, most of them polygamists who live in this little area in the desert. Their houses are built in the rock & they look quite modern & one family, the Morrisons are quite attractive & seem cool.

I watched the episode tonight. It is a documentary. One of the families is courting a new wife and I was really struck by the similarities, at least in words, with the Browns courtship of Robin. I wonder if they are in the same sect.

I watched the beginning of it but I was all sister wived out. But I did pop over once in awhile & saw the end where the prospective sister wife turned them down. I was fascinated by the houses, so I will see if it's on the TLC website.

@DesertDude said:

I don't know if any of you plan to watch this but I encourage you to do so. This was actually filmed by a British film crew a couple of years ago and was aired on a UK TV station. I actually watched it before, but plan to watch it again. Rather than being reality TV it is shot in documentary form and is only a few episodes. The Foster family lives about 30 miles south of me. I have known them for almost 25 years. Hopefully TLC won't try to turn this into a regular series. The Fosters are an awesome family, much like Joe Darger's family. I loved it when the Dargers told TLC to shove it.

One of the reasons that I like the Fosters and the Dargers is that they are the ones that are really publicly fighting the polygamy fight in Utah at the grass roots level. They know Utah isn't going to put them in jail, or to take away their land. They know Utah will only fight polygamy on the grounds of when other crimes are committed. While they fight for the end to the criminalization of polygamy, it is still against the law Federally. Utah laws don't mean shit as long as polygamy is outlawed nationally.

Yes, the Browns filed suit against Utah and lost, but it wasn't because of what was explained on the show. They filed a suit against the State of Utah and the Supreme Court found there wasn't a problem created by the State because the Browns opted to move to another state. There wasn't a violation of their civil rights. The State of Utah has not taken legal action against anyone, just because they were polygamists, since the raids in the 1930's. The last time the Federal Government did raids concerning polygamy was in 1889. In 1890 the Mormon Church issued the Mormon Manifesto which ended the sanctioning of polygamy. In 1896 Utah became a State. The Feds ended their fight with the State of Utah, who then, unfortunately, had to fight the offshoots of the Mormon Church that still believed in polygamy.

Unless the State of Utah or the Federal Government arrests someone simply because of being a polygamist, there isn't a need for the Supreme Court to intervene.

Thanks for this info DD. I always felt as though Kody and his bunch were overreaching and embellishing in their assessment of what was going on with that.
My own personal view is that Utah is seeking to protect children because of what was found with Warren Jeffs. Warren Jeffs is where he belongs. And any polygamist practicing like Warren Jeffs should be in jail. What the Browns are doing isn't anything like that and I don't feel they are breaking any laws because no harm is being done to children (I guess that can be debated but it isn't like what was going on with Warren Jeffs) and Kody is only legally married to one of the women.

@cinles the first episode is on the TLC website. The houses are amazing. I have watched Rockland Ranch emerge since the 1970's when Bob Foster (Enoch's father) first leased the property from the State of Utah and started blasting caves into the sandstone. In the 1990's Bob operated a B&B in one of the homes he built at Rockland. While their spiritual beliefs are much like the AUB, Bob Foster was the spiritual leader of the Rockland group. Bob passed away in 2008. The Rockland group, like the Dargers are not specifically connected to any fundamentalist group.

Watching the second episode was amazing. Walker Drug, Moab Regional Hospital, and them driving on 200 South past Desert West Office Supply. This was filmed so close to home it was funny,

I watched this last night after Sister Wives. And we thought Kody and his women were bad. WOWsa...........two of the three women are at each others throats and the husband is wanting to add his deceased brothers 2 wives into the mix??? One thing, is this guys "marriages" spiritual too or is he actually married to one of the women?

How can you guys watch so much "sister wives"? :joy: After 2 hours of Sister Wives, I can't take another hour of more sister wives. I've been meaning to watch this online. I would think it's advantageous to be legally married to one wife.

@terriecoleman said:

I watched this last night after Sister Wives. And we thought Kody and his women were bad. WOWsa...........two of the three women are at each others throats and the husband is wanting to add his deceased brothers 2 wives into the mix??? One thing, is this guys "marriages" spiritual too or is he actually married to one of the women?

He is legally married to Suzie and is spiritually married to the other two.

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