Winston Blackmore, that is accused of practising polygamy, gets to the courthouse in Cranbrook on Tuesday. Jeff McIntosh / THE CANADIAN PRESS
CRANBROOK, B.C. — Double weddings to many of us suggest two brides as well as 2 grooms, yet not for a few Mormon fundamentalists like Winston Blackmore.
For them, it could often suggest two brides and a groom hitched in fast succession along side a sequence of other people.
Usually sufficient, all too often, those soon-to-be wives that are sister currently siblings.
The truth of polygamy in Mormon fundamentalist communities like Bountiful, B.C. — instead of the truth television version — is unfolding in a B.C. Supreme Court test where Blackmore that is 60-year-old and Oler, 53, stand accused of getting illegally taken numerous spouses.
Almost 1 / 2 of the 24 females noted on Blackmore’s indictment are associated with at least one of these sister-wives. On three occasions, siblings were hitched from the day that is same the previous bishop regarding the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
You can find also two of Winston’s spouses who will be spouse and spouse. Within half a year of Canada legalizing same-sex marriage, two of Blackmore’s spouses took away a married relationship licence and hitched one another. The 2 women had hitched Blackmore within 30 days of each and every other in 1999 along with been sharing the home that is same.
As Blackmore himself has admitted under oath various other court procedures, almost 1 / 2 of those brides were under 17. Needless to say, in the period of the marriages, Canada’s chronilogical age of intimate consent ended up being just 14.
But, more disturbingly, among the sisters from the list is Blackmore’s own adopted cousin, whom in this Byzantine world additionally is actually their stepmother. Read more