Sister Wives celebrity faces investigation

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The Utah police recently launched a bigamy investigation into a polygamous family that is starring in a reality TV show.

The show, Sister Wives, premiered Sept. 26 on TLC. It depicts the lives of 41-year-old advertising salesman Kody Brown, his three wives, 13 children and three stepchildren.

Brown is legally married to one woman but calls two others his “wives” in a spiritual sense. In the plot of the show, he is also courting another woman, Robin, a 30-year-old divorced mother of three, who has the possibility of becoming his fourth wife.

According to The Washington Post, “God has revealed to Kody that he should ask Robin to wed him and join the family.”

As one could imagine, conflict ensues between the three wives as the show develops.

I can understand how Brown and the people at TLC thought this lifestyle would make an interesting television show, but a show that praises polygamy and portrays it in a positive light is degrading the moral values of society.

A person cannot marry someone else while they are already married. Not only is it unethical; it’s a crime. Bigamy is a third-degree felony in Utah. Anyone found guilty can serve up to five years in prison. Under the law, bigamy does not only constitute legal marriage contracts but also cohabitation.

Marriage is a sacred relationship meant for one man and one woman. Not only does the Bible portray it as a union of two people to become one flesh, but it’s just common sense.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, while this man wants to have multiple wives, the number of people who are married has actually dropped in the rest of the country.

In 2009, just 52 percent of adults 18 and over said they were married, as opposed to 57 percent in 2000.

These issues can both be attributed to the current lack of respect and understanding for the institution of marriage in the U.S.

Marriage is a relationship unlike any other on earth. It is a life-long commitment to love, honor and cherish the other person, not just put up with them.

Over the years, the divorce rate has risen higher and higher. Many people who get divorced were either not ready to get married or do not understand the covenant they made with their partner. It truly means “for better or worse.”

A marriage is about what you can give to the other person, not what you can take from them.

In our society today, many people need to relearn the importance and value of marriage instead of abusing this sacred covenant.

Marriage is a relationship that should be between one man and one woman. A television show like Sister Wives is not fit for broadcast, and Brown’s lifestyle may even be illegal. But aside from legalities, polygamy is wrong because it defies the Biblical foundations for marriage.

Author: Garrett Pekar

Garrett is a sophomore mass communication/journalism major from Granger, Texas. He is the opinions page editor for The Bells. Garrett is also an RA in McLane Hall as well as member of the men’s tennis team. His hobbies include spending quality time with friends and family, listening to music and playing some of his own on the guitar.

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