One Spouse, Three Spouses: A True ‘Like’ Tale

One Spouse, Three Spouses: A True ‘Like’ Tale

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Joe, Alina, Vicki and Valerie Darger are increasing 23 kiddies together. (Two young ones, Sam and Victoria, are not shown.)

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Joe, Alina, Vicki and Valerie Darger are increasing 23 young ones together. (Two kiddies, Sam and Victoria, aren’t shown.)

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The household whom helped encourage the hit HBO series Big like has written a tell-all of kinds: a unique guide called like Times Three: Our real tale of a marriage that is polygamous.

On it, Joe, Alina, Vicki and Valerie Darger tell their tale of plural wedding, parenting 23 young ones and surviving in a residential area where view that is many with scorn. The Dargers describe themselves as separate, fundamentalist Mormons. They are maybe not people in any arranged polygamous faith, like Warren Jeffs’ FLDS church, and they’re maybe not welcome within the Mormon church, which officially renounced polygamy in 1890 and doesn’t tolerate it now.

Joe and Alina Darger join NPR’s Neal Conan to generally share your choices they will have made, and exactly how they make do in a culture by which polygamy is illegal.

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On why it was felt by them had been essential to inform their tale

Joe: “this has been a 10-year journey when trying to have our very own liberties. And now we notice that we are maybe perhaps not planning to get those legal rights we are and what we’re about unless we educate people about who .

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“this will be a tradition that has been forced underground and marginalized through the sleep of culture, and . this has been destructive. That is resulted in some unhealthy implications within the tradition, also it produces a people who, if you can find abuses, they do not dare to report them, and it also makes for a number of fear. And that fear is really what we was raised with as kids, and then we didn’t desire our kids to develop that way up.”

Regarding the public perception that Mormons approve of polygamy secretly

Alina: “It really is never real. For more than a century, they will have prohibited the training of polygamy, and when someone is within the main-stream Mormon church and discovered to be exercising it, they have been excommunicated. So that they’ve certainly produced stand that that isn’t section of . whatever they do now.”

Joe: “as well as in reality in this community, the misconception is it is better to live right right right here in this way, however in reality quite a few old-fashioned Mormon next-door next-door next-door neighbors are particularly uncomfortable, and they’re the very first people that are looking to distance on their own as a result and keep it criminalized. And thus that is really one of many hurdles we face.”

On polygamy as a criminal activity

Joe: “It is a felony that is third-degree their state of Utah. Therefore it is a crime that is serious and it is absolutely nothing to be studied gently, for certain. The present attorney general has stated which he will not prosecute consenting grownups . We feel we belong to that. But it is nevertheless a crime, also it nevertheless are and contains been utilized as a gun against our individuals, and it’s really really a tool of fear.

” And that’s what is maybe not healthier. And thus we are perhaps perhaps not attempting to flout ourselves as some type of lawbreakers, up to that is a deep, abiding element of our faith, a deep section of whom our company is and our tradition and our history, and we also may not be quiet any longer.”

Alina: “and it’s really genuinely genuine for people, because we have all had grandfathers who possess spent amount of time in jail for exercising polygamy. That we take lightly so it isn’t something. We actually realize.”

Joe: “The misunderstanding is the fact that we are perhaps maybe perhaps not requesting plural wedding become recognized and legalized. We are asking become decriminalized as a individuals. I truly do not want the state acknowledging my marriages, nor do i would like it. I simply would like them to keep away from my bed room and away from my entire life. To ensure’s the top distinction.”

On other countries that training polygamy

Alina (far left) and Vicki (far right) take part in Valerie and Joe’s marriage service on Oct. 14, 2000.

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Alina (far left) and Vicki (far right) take part in Valerie and Joe’s wedding ceremony on Oct. 14, 2000.

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Joe: “One associated with misunderstandings is this is merely a Mormon issue. Plus in reality, we now have a huge immigration that is african right here in Salt Lake City, plus some regarding the social employees we have worked with inside our community and so are working together with inside our communities also have discussed these problems along with other immigrant populations, other Muslim populations.

“and so i think certainly in many populations throughout the world, many countries, polygamy just isn’t international. Within our society that is western is. Plus in reality, you realize, we returned recently to Ellis Island, and now we had been taking a look at a few of the displays here . One of many relevant concerns that they had had been, ‘Are you an anarchist or polygamist?’

“and I also think this has been used very nearly as a means of discrimination keeping in mind various countries and different communities call at our past. And so I definitely would feel just like . what exactly is advantageous to me personally must certanly be beneficial to other people, same legal rights.”

As to how their life style impacts kids

Alina: “I would personally state in regards to the social stigma, interestingly sufficient, it starts actually early. My 7-year-old daughter came daughter that is 7-year-old cameand talked to me yesterday, and she ended up being saying, ‘I do not desire to head to college tomorrow.’ And she was asked by me why. . She actually is in 2nd grade now, but she was like, ‘Back in very very first grade, once I did not realize that we were that it wasn’t a good idea to tell everybody you were a polygamy, I told him and a bunch of kids. And yesterday, he stated, “You’re a polygamy and also you’re foolish.” ‘ And she stated, ‘Well, which is rude plus it hurts my feelings, and you also shouldn’t say that.’ In which he stated, ‘I do not care because polygamies are bad and you also’re dumb.’

“and thus we’d a great speak about this, also it really was interesting . Going through those plain things myself as a kid, and plenty of the reason we composed adore circumstances Three is types of to generate a better understanding.”