One Husband, Three Spouses: A True ‘Like’ Tale
Joe, Alina, Vicki and Valerie Darger are increasing 23 kiddies together. (Two kids, Sam and Victoria, aren’t shown.)
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Joe, Alina, Vicki and Valerie Darger are increasing 23 kiddies together. (Two kiddies, Sam and Victoria, aren’t shown.)
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Your family 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 polygamous wedding.
On it, Joe, Alina, Vicki and Valerie Darger tell their tale of plural wedding, parenting 23 kiddies and staying in a residential district where view that is many with scorn. The Dargers describe themselves as separate, fundamentalist Mormons. They are maybe not people of any organized polygamous faith, like Warren Jeffs’ FLDS church, plus they are maybe maybe not welcome within the Mormon church, which officially renounced polygamy in 1890 and does not tolerate it now.
Joe and Alina Darger join NPR’s Neal Conan to share your choices they have made, and exactly how they make do in a society for which polygamy is unlawful.
On why they felt it had been crucial to share with their tale
Joe: “this has been a 10-year journey of attempting to obtain our very own legal rights. So we notice that we are perhaps perhaps not planning to get those liberties unless we educate individuals about whom our company is and that which we’re about .
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“this can 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 implications that are unhealthy the tradition, plus it creates a people who, if you will find abuses, they don’t really dare to report them, and it also makes for a number of fear. And that fear is really what we spent my youth with as kiddies, and then we did not wish our youngsters to cultivate that way up.”
From the public perception that Mormons approve of polygamy secretly
Alina: “It really is generally not very true. For more than a century, they usually have prohibited the training of polygamy, and in case someone is within the main-stream Mormon church and discovered become exercising it, they truly are excommunicated. So they really’ve absolutely produced stand that that is not element of . what they do now.”
Joe: “as well as in reality in this community, the misconception is the fact that it is more straightforward to live right here in this manner, however in reality a number of our old-fashioned Mormon next-door next-door next-door neighbors are extremely uncomfortable, and they are the initial ones looking to distance by themselves it criminalized from it and keep. And thus that is really one of several hurdles we face.”
On polygamy being a criminal activity
Joe: “It is a felony that is third-degree their state of Utah. So it is a severe criminal activity, and it is absolutely nothing to be used gently, for certain. The current attorney general has stated which he will not prosecute consenting grownups . We feel we fall under that. But it is nevertheless a criminal activity, and it also nevertheless may be and it has been utilized as a tool against our people, and it’s really really a tool of fear.
” And that’s what is maybe not healthier. And thus we are perhaps maybe not wanting to flout ourselves as some sort of lawbreakers, just as much as this will be a deep, abiding element of our faith, a deep element of whom we’re and our tradition and our history, and then we is not quiet anymore.”
Alina: “and it is really genuine for people, because we’ve all had grandfathers who possess invested amount of time in jail for exercising polygamy. So it’sn’t something which we simply take gently. We actually realize.”
Joe: “The misunderstanding is we are perhaps maybe maybe not requesting plural wedding to be recognized and legalized. We are asking become decriminalized as being a people. I truly wouldn’t like the continuing state acknowledging my marriages, nor do i want it. I recently would like them to keep away from my room and away from my entire life. To ensure that’s the top huge difference.”
On other countries that training polygamy
Alina (far left) and Vicki (far right) be involved in Valerie and Joe’s wedding 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 regarding the misunderstandings is this is merely a Mormon problem. Plus in reality, we’ve a huge immigration that is african right right right here in Salt Lake City, plus some of this social employees we have caused within our community and generally are using the services of in our communities also have discussed these problems along with other immigrant populations, other Muslim populations.
“therefore i think undoubtedly in most populations throughout the world, many countries, polygamy just isn’t international. Within our Western culture, it is. As well as in fact, you understand, I returned recently to Ellis Island, and then we had been taking a look at a number 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 utilized nearly as a means of discrimination to keep various countries and different communities out in our past. Thus I definitely would feel . what is advantageous to me personally ought to be beneficial to other people, exact exact same liberties.”
On what their life style impacts kids
Alina: “I would personally state in regards to the stigma that is social interestingly sufficient, it starts actually early. My 7-year-old child came anddaughter that is 7-year-old came talked to me personally yesterday, and she ended up being saying, ‘I do not desire to head to college the next day.’ And she was asked by me why. . She actually is in 2nd grade now, but she was like, ‘Back in very very first grade, whenever I did not realize that it absolutely wasn’t smart to inform everyone you had been a polygamy, we told him and a lot of young ones that individuals had been. And yesterday, he stated, “You’re a polygamy and you also’re stupid.” ‘ And she stated, ‘Well, which is rude plus it hurts my emotions, and you also should never say that.’ And then he stated, ‘I do not care because polygamies are bad and also you’re foolish.’
“therefore we’d a talk that is good this, also it really was interesting . going right through those things myself as a young child, and lots of why we published adore circumstances Three is style of to generate an improved understanding.”