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20/20 Tonight!

by Sierra on April 20, 2012 · 18 comments

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Getting ready for 20/20 tonight. Here’s their press release:

“Open Marriage with Kids: With one in two marriages ending in divorce, some couples, instead of blowing up relationships, are quietly expanding them. “20/20″ profiles two couples who are living the open marriage lifestyle while raising kids and growing old together and they say it has made their relationships better. Having other paramours not only spices up their love life but the romantic intimacy builds a kind of extended family that actually helps with childrearing. Vargas reports.”

There’s also a long article that I’ve been assured is essentially a written version of the segment. It was written by the producers who worked with us for the piece. I think they did a great job with it and am looking forward to seeing the TV spot tonight.

There are comments on the 20/20 article. If you care about me you probably won’t enjoy reading them. I encourage you to leave one if you feel so moved, though. That’s a great place to offer feedback on this piece.

(photo is ABC’s, not mine; I just pulled it from the site.)

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  • rayray

    I just finished watching your piece on 20/20.  It is obvious the love your family has for each other and I believe whatever works for each family. As long as there is communication, love and security within the unit.  To each their own and I hope you don’t let any negative comments get to you.

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    Sierra Reply:

    Thank you!

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  • http://www.pink-apron.com/ Kelly

    I haven’t read your blog before but wanted to stop by because I just watched the 20-20 segment.  I will admit I don’t have much exposure to polyamorous relationships, but I do feel like relationships don’t exist in the black and white context people often wish they did.  I think people should be able to make the choices that most align with their own values and internal convictions whether that means a relationship like the one you live, being with a partner of the same sex or whatever makes sense for the individual.

    Thanks for having the courage to share your story!

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    Sierra Reply:

    Thank you!!!

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  • http://www.TheBigQuestions.com/blog Steven E Landsburg

    The segment was great.  It was respectful and honest and sympathetic and true.   I’m glad you did this.

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    Sierra Reply:

    Me too! Thank you so much for your support!

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  • Quietly

    Saw the 20/20 segment, and I think it was done tastefully. I think if more people in the world lived with as much honesty and integrity in their relationship(s) as in yours, whether monogamous or polyamourous or whatever, fewer would end in divorce. Assuming they’re allowed to marry in the first place…

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    Sierra Reply:

    Thank you!

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  • Marla, Sara’s mom

    Rios’s grown up so much since I last saw her. . . such a beautiful and well-spoken kid! 

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    Sierra Reply:

    She really is. I’m very, very blessed. Thank you.

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  • Lisa

    You were worried about how you would appear on TV? You all came across as loving, honest, thoughtful, articulate.  Thanks for doing this.

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    Sierra Reply:

    Thank you so much. I’m very happy w the segment, and the response it’s gotten so far.

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  • Heinleinfan

    I have just watched the 20/20 piece (it is available on their website now, for folks who don’t have a television). 
    Thank you, so much, for putting yourself out there as such a loving, and public, example of poly.

    I was prouder than ever to be poly while watching the story, because I was so wonderfully represented.

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    Sierra Reply:

    Aw! Thank you! I’m proud and happy to have been part of it. I thought they did a nice job w the piece.

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  • Tissa

    I watched your story on 20/20 and wanted to leave you a positive comment because I’m sure that you’ve received your share of the negative. My husband and I have been together 11 years, married for 3 and although we don’t have an open marriage, I commend you on yours.  You have a beautiful, well-adjusted, loving family unit and if the way you’ve achieved that is to open your lives to include other partners, kudos to you. Ultimately, what we all want is a happy home life filled with  love,  respect and honesty and how you’ve chosen to make that happen is exactly that, your choice. I respect you for it and anyone that disapproves or says hateful things should worry about their own place in the world. I wish you all the best. :)

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    Sierra Reply:

    This is so sweet, thank you. Your words mean a lot to me – you’re so right about how the simple things we want are near-universal: a happy, healthy home, love, respect and honesty. I’m so glad you can see that in what my husband and I have worked so hard to build together over the past decade. Best to you and yours!

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  • Abby

    That was amazing.  You all came across as loving, responsible, thoughtful people and the love and care with which you maintain your families was palpable.  I am so impressed that you did this.  :) 

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    Sierra Reply:

    Thank you! It was hard work, but I think worthwhile.

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