The lonely libertarian's brother was nice enough to get him season one of HBO's Big Love for Christmas and I just finished watching it over the New Years holiday. I give the show a lot of credit for a sympathetic portrayal of an alternative lifestyle that truly is outside the mainstream. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of the show is watching Bill Hendrickson, his three wives, and his seven kids remain under the public radar, or in the closet if you will. Sure you can find faults in the family and it's members, but their unique family structure serves to blunt the effects of some of those faults. We see how polygamy works from them. It's hard to watch the show and wonder why, in an era where the push for gay rights has become so strong, other alternative lifestyles have been left behind.