Friday, October 7, 2011

The Dargers Continue to Get the Word Out

On their book publicity tour, the Dargers (inspiration for “Big Love”) have been doing a good job of promoting the polygamous freedom to marry, or at least the freedom of association.

Joe Darger and his three wives, Alina, Vicki, and Valerie, said they are willing to risk persecution and prosecution by speaking up for what they see as a First Amendment freedom of religion issue.

Remember, there are actually laws in place that essentially ban cohabitation, let alone ban polygamous marriages.

They also hope their story will lead to changes in the law. Living in a plural marriage is a third-degree felony in Utah, although the law is rarely enforced and polygamists live in an “uneasy truce” with authorities, Valerie Darger said.

“At any time, should they choose to, they could come out and prosecute us,” Valerie Darger said. “Coming out is a risk we weighed, but there will be no change unless we do step forward.”

The Dargers say they live with the fear of being arrested and are constantly worried about others finding out about their family structure. They also hope their children will have the legal right to live in a plural marriage if they choose to do so.

An adult should be free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage with ANY consenting adults.
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