Kody Brown, Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, Robyn Brown
BY MARIE ANDRUSEWICZ -- OK, so it’s not a lifestyle for everyone. But TLC reality show subject Kody Brown and his four wives, known as “Sister Wives” have found a judgment-free home in Las Vegas.
“We feel like in Vegas we’re free to be who we are, and not worry about social repercussions,” says Brown.
As viewers of the cable program know, Brown and his spouses are members of a fundamentalist sect of Latter Day Saints that permits the husband to take more than one wife.
But, says wife Janelle, “Our faith is about more than plural marriage – our faith is not plural marriage – it is a tenant of our faith, but we embrace the traditional LDS doctrine.”
Although Meri has been fired from a job since going public with her polygamist lifestyle, and Kody has also been singled out at work because of his faith, he says he sees benefits in the unorthodox structure of his family beyond adherence to religious law.
“It comes from a religious background, but on a social or biological level I would have wanted to adopt this anyway, because I’ve got a great family as a result of this choice," says Brown. "In retrospect, it’s provided us with a lot of quality in our lives, and a lot of relationship and personal development. So I feel blessed by it. But it’s not for everybody by any means.”
*Correction from original version of this article that said there are five wives.