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All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes
Posted June 12, 2009 to photo album "All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes"
Slide 17: Big(amy) Love
Through much of the 19th Century, Mormons practiced polygamy. Church founder Joseph Smith had 33 wives, two of whom were 14 years old. (Brigham Young had 55.) Smith held that Jesus himself enjoyed plural marriage, as this modern Mormon painting suggests. In 1890, the Mormon Church disavowed polygamy, however it continues to be practiced on the down low. Today the Mormon is a leading funder of the anti-gay marriage movement, though critics suggest this latter day Bible thumping is a mainstreaming PR stunt to divert attention from their polygamous past—and “Big Love” present.