42-year-old twin sisters Vicki and Valerie Darger have a lot in common — including a husband.
The sisters are in a polygamous marriage with Joe, 43, who is also wed to a third woman – their cousin Alina. The Dargers, who are fundamentalist Mormons from Salt Lake City, Utah, live together in a large family home and have 24 children between them.
In the eyes of their Mormon religion, the three women are equally married to Joe. They have their own bedroom, and Joe alternates between each of the three rooms every evening.
The fact that Joe is married to her sister doesn’t bother Valerie at all:
‘I took it as a sign he would be a good husband for me as well. As teenagers, Vicki and I liked some of the same guys. I thought it might even be good if we married the same man.’
Although polygamy is illegal in all 50 states, practitioners are rarely prosecuted unless there is evidence of violence or abuse.