Kody Brown of Sister Wives on his daughter coming out: ‘total acceptance’

When I first read the story about Sister Wives’ Mariah Brown revealing she was gay, the teasers for this week’s upcoming episode were baiting viewers to think that the family would struggle or at least be divided over the news. The Browns are polygamists who practice a form of Mormon fundamentalism that does not approve of homosexuality. However, according to People Magazine’s exclusive with the family, apparently her father Kody and the rest of the 22-member Brown clan are 100% supportive of Mariah. And it isn’t a begrudging acceptance; they are thrilled that Mariah knows who she is.

Homosexuality is against Kody Brown’s fundamentalist Mormon faith, but the Sister Wives star still supports his daughter Mariah coming out 100 percent.

“I thought about this years ago, and I made a decision,” Kody says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “My job as a dad is to love and respect and not to judge.”

Just before Thanksgiving, Mariah sat down with her five parents — father, Kody, biological mother, Meri, and her mothers through polygamy, Janelle, Christine and Robyn — and told them that she was gay.

“My reaction was just I am really glad she was born to us,” says Kody. “I made my peace with God on this and he gave you to me because he knows that I am going to love you. Total acceptance.”

Kody’s wives and the entire Brown family feel the same way.

“We’re just happy she’s figured out who she is,” says Janelle. “It’s tremendous when you see a kid do that.”

[From People]

“My reaction was just I am really glad she was born to us.” Color me impressed. To be upfront, I have no problem with polygamy if it is between consensual adults and goes both ways (which I realize the Browns faith doesn’t). Although there is no source of energy large enough to fortify me to look after more than one spouse, if someone else has found it, go for it. That said I was never a big fan of this crew. I thought slipping off to Vegas was dodgy and then their lawsuit against Utah was just odd. However, I can give them a slow clap here. It’s not just that they approve, it’s what they are saying. I love that the parents are expressing joy in their children realizing who they are.

Although Mariah was understandably nervous when she made her announcement, my take was that on some level she understood she would be met with acceptance. Maybe she didn’t know it would be 100% but she looked like she felt safe telling her family. For that, the Browns deserve credit. I imagine there are a host of reasons to knock Kody but I am giving him a pass today because what he’s said about Mariah is lovely. As a matter of fact, the person who had the hardest time accepting her sexuality was Mariah herself. She told People that she had heard so many times growing up that homosexuals were sinners, she became a homophobe to eradicate those feelings in herself. She was quick to add that none of the sin talk came from her parents, it was all her church. The Browns are not the first celebrities to choose family over their religion, both Marie Osmond and Anne Hathaway have spoken of this as well. I could get used to writing about these kinds of stories. Congrats to all!

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  1. GingerCrunch says:

    God help me, but this show is my guilty pleasure. Relieved and happy to know Mariah got this kind of response. I’m more concerned with the daughter most recently married off. That was a bit disturbing and seemingly awkward for the family.

    • Tourmaline says:

      Agree the wedding of Mykelti was kind of alarming

      This show is a hot mess as far as Kody and the wives but I’m not surprised they are supportive of Mariah. They are a zillion times less crazy and controlling with their kids than that other TLC family the Duggars…. The kids go away to college, choose their own partners, are allowed to decide for themselves about things. They are really not fundamentalist in the sense the Duggars are.

  2. Darkladi says:

    Never thought I’d slow clap for Kody Brown.

  3. Patricia says:

    It’s crazy how true it is that unhappiness affects the body. The pictures of Mariah lately show her looking so much healthier than she had in the past season. It makes me so happy to see her living and authentic life and obviously feeling good!

    To me she and Meri are the ultimate drama queens of the show who love any “poor me” scenario. But it looks like they are both being extremely positive about all this and that’s a great change to see, also.

  4. Luca76 says:

    I never have watched the show. I’m glad they could overcome the homophobia in their religion but I wish they’d actually sat her down when she was getting those homophobic messages and countered them irregardless of her sexuality.

  5. Lucy says:

    “We’re just happy she’s figured out who she is. It’s tremendous when you see a kid do that.” Well, this is actually pretty awesome.

  6. RussianBlueCat says:

    As a parent of a gay son, the news of him being gay did not really sink in until he introduced me to someone he was dating. I could see he cared deeply for his boyfriend and that made me very happy. Now I want to see what the reaction of Kody and the sister wives will be when Mariah brings a girlfriend home to meet the family.

  7. missgeist says:

    I watch this show and I have to saw I think the Brown children are lovely. I also admire that they have allowed their children to live their lives. Happy to see Mariah was embraced and supported.

  8. Slowsnow says:

    I have no idea who these people are but I am getting the idea that they are part of a reality show. Could this reaction one of acceptance because they are being filmed?

    On another note, like one of my good friends says, is there any other reaction? He’s gay and probably tired of the prejudice. And so am I. So ready for sexual preferences being just part of what a person is, no hoopla, just perfectly integrated and normal.

    I keep thinking that this focus on sexuality is so tiring and prevents us from discussing problems such as climate change, poverty etc. Organized religion sure knew how to manipulate people to prevent them from thinking and being creative.

  9. Missy says:

    One of the wives once said that with as many kids as they have statistics say probably two of them are gay so this wasn’t a surprise. Don’t remember if this was on a special or during one of the regular episodes but it was many years ago as I haven’t watched this for many years.

  10. NeoCleo says:

    I find the whole notion of a harem of women disgusting.

  11. Patricia says:

    Fill me in about Mykelti’s wedding, please please! I haven’t had time to watch but I’m kind of obsessed with the weird goings-on of this family.
    Madison seems very normal. Mykelti… she makes me worry. So what was up with the wedding? Bad vibes?