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Woman on "My Five Wives" accuses father of abuse

Woman on reality show "My Five Wives" says her father sexually abused her as a child
Brady McCombs, The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY - A woman featured in a reality TV show about a polygamous family is going public about sex abuse she claims she suffered as a child in hopes of changing a culture of secrecy plaguing plural families in Utah.

Rosemary Williams of "My Five Wives" on TLC says she was molested more than two decades ago by her father, Lynn A. Thompson, and published her claims in a blog. He is the leader of one of the largest organized polygamy groups in Utah, the Apostolic United Brethren, or AUB.

Montana marriage ban overturned; licenses granted

Judge overturns Montana's gay marriage ban; state's Republican attorney general vows to appeal
Lisa Baumann, The Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. - Gay couples were expected to line up for marriage licenses Thursday morning at county courthouses across Montana after a federal judge tossed out the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

At least two counties — Missoula and Park — started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Wednesday afternoon, while court clerks elsewhere in the state geared up to do so Thursday.

Sister of slain actress crusades against Manson

Sister of slain actress Sharon Tate: Manson's planned marriage to 26-year-old is 'ludicrous'
Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Debra Tate, whose pregnant sister Sharon was slain in 1969 by the murderous followers of Charles Manson, has spent much of her life trying to divert attention from the cult leader and keep him in prison.

Her job got tougher with the news that Manson, now 80, plans to marry a 26-year-old woman who moved from the Midwest years ago to be near him.

Debra Tate calls the development "ludicrous" and "insane," but says she is not surprised.

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