Spoiler: The third series of Big Love will air on SBS from January 12th just two days after the 4th season begins in the US.
But it’s a gay storyline within the polygamous Utah family that is already attracting attention. It will see a same-sex ‘close encounter’ for Alby (Matt Ross) the son of Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton) with another trustee. Alby has already hovered around numerous gay storylines in various episodes already.
“There’s a provocative nature to what we’re doing,” admits co-creator Mark Olsen. “It’s more than just the Mormon culture. We’re highlighting certain aspects of the church’s relationship with its gay members that I think, as the story unfolds, is going to cause no (small) amount of controversy.”
Last year the Mormon church supported a campaign to overthrow same-sex marriage laws in California. But the 13.5 million member church, officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has also distanced itself from Big Love, having banned polygamy since 1890.
The official LDS web site says sexual relations are governed by the Law of Chastity, which prohibits homosexual or lesbian relations and says physical intimacy should be “exercised only between a man and a woman who are legally married.”