'My Five Wives' Stars Say TLC Show Has Been 'Liberating'

Monday, 24 Mar 2014 06:36 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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The family featured in TLC’s reality series “My Five Wives” says the opportunity to share their polygamous lifestyle with the public has been “liberating.”

Brady Williams and his five wives told The Associated Press they were nervous about the reception of their show, which aired a pilot in September and starts a nine-episode season Sunday.

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“It really is like coming out of the closet,” Williams told the AP. “It’s very liberating.”

“I feel more free to just be who I am and not be so afraid,” said wife Robyn Williams, 40.

The show was born amid a “social and political climate that has softened significantly toward plural families in recent years,” the AP said. Another TLC show “Sister Wives,” which began airing in 2010, was the first to tackle the sometimes controversial topic on television.

As more people talk about polygamy, the courts are also tackling the issue. In Utah, a federal judge decriminalized polygamy.

After the judge’s verdict, the “My Five Wives” family celebrated that they were no longer criminals, Radar Online said.

But other legal actions around the world are causing more controversy. The BBC reported that female members of Parliament in Kenya walked out of a legislative session after a law was passed by male MPs to allow men to marry more than one wife without discussing that situation with their current wives.

The change in law initially was sought to bring civil law more into line with cultural law, where many cultures in the country allow polygamy. But in keeping with tradition, the first wives have given approval of new spouses.

The Kenyan bill moves to the president for his signature before it will go into effect. Other changes in the law require that a person must be 18 to marry, and after much discussion, the idea of banning bride prices was tabled, and the BBC said proposals to ensure “equal property and inheritance rights were also watered down — a woman will be entitled to 30 percent of matrimonial property after death or divorce.”

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