Sister Wives help to promote understanding of plural relationships at UNLV

The “Sister Wives” folks, Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn were recently invited to appear as a panel for a class on marriage and family counselling at the University of Las Vegas. They were well received by the students and were able to put a face on consensual plural relationships.

Now I’m not fond of their One Penis Policy form of plural relationships, but they have shown that people can raise happy, healthy kids in a plural parent environment. Unfortunately, and predictably, the commenters at the bottom of the article were not as understanding or open-minded as the UNLV students. Most show the same ignorance and judgmental attitude toward any relationship that isn’t just like theirs, or just like they would want theirs to be that dominates other articles and blogs on the Internet.

I’m also not fond of the author’s attempts at humor through making fun of Kody’s personal appearance. Making derogatory comments about someone’s appearance is really reaching for just the lowest hanging fruit and shows lack of character.

What really stood-out for me was Kody’s comment on same-sex marriage: “I believe that I was able to choose our family structure. It should be the right of every citizen in this country to be able to choose their family structure.”

That’s far more understanding than many of my mainstream LDS neighbors.

Take a look at the article here and let me know what you think.