Salt Lake City (ABC 4 News) They want people to know the positive side of polygamy so a Salt Lake County family wrote a book - "Love Times Three".
When you talk about the Darger family - you are talking about a husband, three wives and 24 children. They live here in Salt Lake County, and while they have kept a low profile, that is no longer the case. They have a new book and they appeared on national television on Tuesday.
The families youtube video - which you can see here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iybmklJFHjE - breaks it down. 5 kids in diapers, 10 loads of laundry each day, 10 family cars, 11 family computers, 2 gallons of milk, etc. They live just outside of Salt Lake City and call themselves a positive polygamous family - and the inspiration for the HBO show Big Love.
They appeared on ABC's Good Morning America program on Tuesday for a live interview about their lives and their book - "Love Times Three". When asked about jealousy, one of the wives, Alina, said, "Jealousies happen, for sure, but we get through by leaning on each other and go back to why we started this family together in the first place."
Joe Darger married Alina and Vicki 20 years ago. Together they have had 15 children. In 2000 they invited Vicki's twin sister Valerie to join their marriage.
Vicki says, "We had created something so beautiful and we had a deep love for her already and we felt like we could share that." Joe married Valerie and they had four children to go with the five she already had. All of them say the marriage is not just about sex - there is nothing kinky going on - its about commitment. Joe says, "It's not about that side of it, its about us creating a family."
They alternate nights together and keep a schedule in their blackberries. But for more details Valerie says - read the book. "We have chapters dedicated to that because its a great story."
During his television appearance Joe was asked about Utah laws on polygamy and if he was concerned about going public? "Absolutely, that is a big concern and Its a reality we are faced with." So, why come forward now? Joe says if they don't speak out their rights and freedoms will continue to be taken away.
The family is currently on a book tour across the country. They will be back home in Utah on September 21st.
As for the claim of inspiring the HBO show Big Love - the show's creators say that is not the case.