Life in a Polygamous Household

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From The Salt Lake Tribune
By Brooke Adams

It only takes Sunday brunch to see this is a different kind of family. Four waffle makers work nonstop. Three dozen eggs are whipped and scrambled. Places are set for 25 -- for "Gary," his three wives and their 21 children.

Big family? That's what it's all about for this polygamous family, which over the past five years has, with some trepidation, tried to counter negative stories about Utah's most notorious lifestyle.

They've opened their lives to media from across the country and as far away as Australia. Just weeks ago, one wife appeared on FOX TV's "The Morning Show" after the debut of the second season of HBO's hit show, "Big Love."

As she has dozens of times before, Vicki explained why she shares her husband with two other women, how they make it work and made a case for the right to live as they choose.

It's a hard sell, given the way plural marriage has been so inextricably linked in the public forum with arranged marriages, child brides and an authoritarian, abusive culture.

Tango’s Take

Weird that the Salt Lake Tribune is running a story on polygamy. It’s like the Bogota Free Press running a story on narcotic cartels. Also weird that polygamists have names like Bill and Gary. It’s like they have our normal guy names. You never hear of a polygamist with names like Jermaine or Britt. Also, it seems like most of the polygamists are men. It makes some sense, there are more men than women on the planet Earth and, as ‘Gary’ has proven with his 21 kids, they can cycle-up for reproduction fairly quickly. What’s so wrong with polygamy? As far as we can tell, and Big Love is all we have to go on, it’s pretty harmless. It leads people to grow successful businesses so that they can care for all of their kids. And sometimes there are shady business dealings and revenge killings. But can be said of any marital arrangement.

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