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‘I’m proud to be gay’

MARIAH BROWN’S REALITY-STAR PARENTS ARE MORMON POLYGAMISTS. BUT WHEN SHE CAME OUT, THEY RESPONDED WITH UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
“I finally came to a point in my life where I was like, ‘This is who I am,’ ” says Mariah.

By starring in Sister Wives, TLC’s show about fundamentalist Mormon polygamists, the Brown family became famous not just for its unconventional relationships but for its adherence to strict religious beliefs. So when Mariah Brown asked all five of her parents—her father, Kody, her biological mother, Meri, and her mothers through polygamy, Janelle, Christine and Robyn—if she could talk with them about something deeply personal, the group feared what would come next. “I wondered if she was going to drop out of school and move to Europe,” Kody recalls. Janelle, his second wife, was even more worried. “My head was racing,”

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