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 and two grooms, although not for many Mormon fundamentalists like Winston Blackmore.
For them, it may often mean two brides and a groom hitched in fast succession along side a sequence of other people.
Frequently sufficient, all too often, those soon-to-be wives that are sister currently siblings.
The fact of polygamy in Mormon fundamentalist communities like Bountiful, B.C. — instead of the truth television variation — is unfolding in a B.C. Supreme Court trial where Blackmore that is 60-year-old and Oler, 53, stay accused of getting illegally taken numerous spouses.
Almost 50 % of the 24 females noted on Blackmore’s indictment are regarding one or more of the sister-wives. On three occasions, siblings had been hitched regarding 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 6 months of Canada legalizing marriage that is same-sex two of Blackmore’s spouses took away a wedding licence and hitched one another. The 2 women had hitched Blackmore within 30 days of each and every other in 1999 together with been sharing the exact same house.
As Blackmore himself has admitted under oath in other court procedures, almost 1 / 2 of those brides had been under 17. Needless to say, during the period of the marriages, Canada’s chronilogical age of sexual permission had been just 14.