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Which religion does Kody Brown's polygamous family follow? A look into 'Sister Wives' first gay marriage

As Mariah Brown and Audrey Kriss gear up to tie the knot, here's what dad Kody Brown has to say about equal marriage
Audrey Kriss and Mariah Brown will be married soon (TLC)
Audrey Kriss and Mariah Brown will be married soon (TLC)

Being a polygamist in modern-day America comes with its own set of preconceived notions and assumptions. And as the Browns have their lives played out on the screen, they definitely find themselves under a lot more scrutiny.

The move from Utah to Las Vegas and finally to Flagstaff has been far from easy on Kody Brown and his wives Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn Brown and their children. With construction still pending on their homes, the family's temporary living situation seems to be making it harder on their relationships as a family.


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But, there might just be some respite for the family when it comes to their interpersonal ties, seeing that there is a family wedding that's about to take place. Kody and Meri's daughter, Mariah Brown, is all set to marry her fiancée Audrey Kriss.


Be it discussions about Kody saying walking down the aisle shouldn't be a straight path or picking the perfect venue, the family seems to be excited to celebrate Mariah and Audrey's love. They've been rather forthcoming and accepting of the relationship so far and Kody has even had some interesting advice to offer.

Which religion do the Browns follow?

Polygamy is often a practice that is associated with a certain religious aspect. Interestingly enough, this episode saw Christine talk about how Kody discouraged the family from celebrating Christmas until Robyn came along. Kody cleared the air that his issue with the festival was never about religion, it was more to do with the commercialization of the festival itself. Which brings us to our next question — which religion do the browns follow? The Browns are a part of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons.

What does Mormonism have to say about equal marriage?

Mormons don't recognize equal marriage as a union, seeing that they believe that marriage is only to be between man and woman and not two people of the same sex. The Browns, however, have been very supportive of Mariah and Audrey throughout the entire process. Kody states that their situation wasn't much different from his when he was marrying his wives.

With regard to his last wedding to Robyn, he pointed out that a lot of people had a problem with it, although they lightened up during the process. Kody went and broke it down as to why he thinks his situation wasn't too far off from his daughters.

"So, Audrey and Mariah, the parallels are very similar. In fact, that kind of treatment where people are like, ‘Well, I love you, but I sure think your lifestyle, your religion are dumb,’ we dealt with that.' He explained. "That may have well-been something that helped me, personally, develop a high level of just acceptance of people who are gay. I know what it’s like to be picked on.” He added.

Despite his own unions crumbling, especially with Mariah's mother Meri, it's heartwarming to see that the family wholly supports Mariah and Audrey as they start their new life together.

Season 15 of ‘Sister Wives’ airs every Sunday at 10 pm ET on TLC.