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New Brady Bunch: TLC's love affair with polygamists continues (VIDEO)

By April Neale Dec 22, 2013, 5:11 GMT

New Brady Bunch: TLC's love affair with polygamists continues (VIDEO)

New Brady Bunch: TLC\'s love affair with polygamists continues (VIDEO)

Polygamists are just one of the vexing and odd "things" about being a fundamentalist Mormon.

Forget the magic underwear, these hardcore FLDS polygamists are still out there and seem to be emboldened by reality TV courting them for shows. The practice of polygamy is a legacy of the early teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but the mainstream church and its 15 million members worldwide abandoned polygamy in 1890 and strictly prohibit it today.

Brady Williams and his family are among an estimated 15,000 independent polygamists in the West who live outside an organized, fundamentalist Mormon church

Now TLC has announced it will air a full series about a progressive polygamous family from Utah that starred in a one-hour pilot earlier this year. The cable TV network said Thursday it will produce nine, one-hour episodes about Brady Williams and his five wives and 24 children.

The first episode is set to debut March 9. TLC will produce nine, one-hour episodes.

A federal judge in Utah last week struck down key parts of the state's polygamy laws, saying a provision that forbids cohabitation violates the First Amendment. The ruling decriminalizes polygamy, making only bigamy — holding marriage licenses with multiple partners - illegal.

The lawsuit was brought by TLC star Kody Brown and his four wives, the stars of TLC's show 'Sister Wives,' and the trailblazers for polygamous families on reality TV. The Browns sued in July 2011 and fled Utah for Las Vegas last year under the threat of prosecution.

Brady Williams told The Associated Press earlier this week that the ruling was a momentous for him and others with multiple wives.

'There is no threat over our heads now,' Williams said. 'It's a first step in the right direction toward the de-marginalization of polygamists.' The real story: Mr Williams poses with Robyn (left) and Rosemary (right) outside of their home in a polygamous community outside Salt Lake City

One of the most infamous polygamists, Warren Jeffs, is serving a life sentence in Texas for sexually assaulting two underage girls he considered his brides. Jeffs still rules a sect of fundamentalist Mormons on the Utah-Arizona border from jail.

 



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