'Sister Wives' Family on Going Public: 'We Knew What the Risks Were'

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The state law reads: "A person is guilty of bigamy when, knowing he has a husband or wife or knowing the other person has a husband or wife, the person purports to marry another person or cohabits with another person."

Kody Brown is legally married to one woman, Meri, but also calls the other three women his spouses.

As "Sister Wives" heads into its second season, premiering Sunday, March 13 on TLC, Brown and his wives said having their lives played out on camera has made their family more "functional."

"It's been very emotional work," Kody Brown said. "But what has been great about it is the family is communicating well now."

"There's been things we haven't talked about ever," Janelle Brown said. "Now we're having to face them and talked about it with each other."

'Sister Wives' Family Says Being on the Show Made Them Better Communicators

While pangs of jealousy between the women dominated season one, this time, all four agreed that watching how they interact on the show has been beneficial.

"It's made us girls tighter," Christine Brown said. "But I did not know I was such a diva princess."

Since the show first aired, all five said they have received many positive reactions from people in their community and strangers who have reached out to them through other means such as Facebook, but have also faced discrimination.

"My job, I absolutely loved," Meri Brown said. "When I came out as a polygamist, and you know, became public, I was fired. That being said, some of my friends that had no idea have been extremely supportive of me."

In the end, the Browns said they were glad they have at least raised awareness about their particular lifestyle and shown that even as polygamists they are a loving family.

"We started this so that we would hopefully open and create more tolerance in the world," Janelle Brown said. "I hope that's what we're accomplishing here."

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