this is "nightline." >> tonight, the march for life. the streets of washington flooded with activists. but the goal that once seemed out of reach -- >> we knew there was no chance with obama in. >> now with support at the highest levels. >> life is winning again in america. >> these anti-abortion rights crusaders see the dawn of a new day. are they really gaining ground? plus, they're america's favorite polygamist tv family. four sister wives married to the same man with 18 children among them. could there be trouble in one of these paradises? >> i'm gay. >> confronting their daughter's announcement. >> i went to god myself and asked him what to do about it.
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good evening. thank you for join is us. anti-abortion rights activists swarmed the capital today, exuberant over the support they're receiving from the trump administration. mike pence became the first sitting vice president in history to address the annual march for life rally,a signal to the crowd that for the first time in careers they may be in striking distance of major policy change. here's abc's gloria riviera. >> reporter: today in the nation's capital, a sea of signs and a chorus of chants. >> pro-life! >> reporter: with one singular goal in mind. >> roe v. wade has got to go! >> reporter: the march for life happens every january. but this year many anti-abortion crusaders say they're seeing a window of opportunity in one of america's most controversial and enduring culture wars. >> this is what the anti-abortion rights movement looks like today at the dawn of
the trump administration. we're outside the supreme court. the word i keep hearing from so many in the crowd is that for the first time in eight years, they feel hope. >> we've had people here from 10:00 this morning -- >> reporter: kristin hawkens, president of students for the life of america. >> we have a chance of abolishing abortion in our lifetime. >> we are the pro-life generation! >> reporter: america's war over abortion rights has been raging over 40 years. since the supreme court ruled it was legal in the case roe versus wade. while the most recent polls show 64% of americans believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, a supreme court vacancy and republican-led congress could mean drastic changes to abortion rights in the coming years. >> that's why this administration will work with the congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion -- >> reporter: the anti-abortion movement has a staunch ally in
vice president mike pence, the highest-ranking government official to ever attend the march for life. >> life is winning in america. >> you are an activist in the anti-abortion rights movement. >> correct. >> when you heard the vice president was going to speak, what did that feel like? >> it was amazing. it was amazing, so uplifting. thinking, we might have a chance to actually, you know, do something here. >> reporter: pence is a long-time anti-abortion legislator. >> government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding for abortion has probably never been more important -- >> reporter: as in congress he introduced a bill to end funding for planned parenthood, america's biggest reproductive health care provider. >> we will not rest until we restore a culture of life in america for ourselves and our posterity. >> this is a very difficult time to watch the care that so many people need in this country be threatened and to be at risk. so that's what planned parenthood is focused on every
day, making sure people are getting care and that they can continue to get care. >> reporter: one of his first orders of business, president trump reinstated a reagan-era policy prohibiting american foreign aid to health providers overseas who even discuss abortion as a family planning option. this morning, president trump tweeted his support for the march for life. he spoke about it to abc's david muir in response to a question about last saturday's women's march. >> let me just ask you while we're standing outside, could you hear the voices from the women's march here in washington? we know there were more than 1 million people who turned out. you are their president now too. >> that's true. >> could you hear them from the white house? >> no, i couldn't hear them. but the crowds were large, but you're going to have a large crowd on friday too, which is mostly pro-life people. you're going to have a lot of people coming friday. i will say this, and i didn't realize this, but i was told, you will have a very large crowd of people. i don't know, as large or larger. some people say it's going to be larger, pro-life people.
and they say the press doesn't cover them. >> reporter: at the march for life two years ago, we met kristen hawkens. there was a sense the odds were stacked against their movement. >> are you going to give them more warning of an arrest? >> way back. >> why are you talking to the officers? >> what happened is the counter protesters decided to block the streets. the march for life has the permit. >> we need to show the world we're the life generation! >> we saw pro-choice advocates getting arrested, they got taken away. >> yeah, it was great. i love our students to see that. because they need to see that there are people who actually believe that killing a baby up to the moment of birth and sometimes after is still okay. >> reporter: the mood today, less confrontation, more celebration. we met a mother returning to the march after two decades.
>> you were here 20 years ago, why are you back now? >> we have a chance, with the new administration, with vice president pence, i'm so excited. for the first time in eight years we have a voice again. >> reporter: at the march there were people as far as the eye can see. >> hey, thank you! >> walking with kristen is like walking with a rock star. >> reporter: just blocks away, the president was busy making other news today. meeting with british prime minister theresa may, trying to find common ground on the phone with mexican president nieto, signing two executive orders, one designed to build up the military, the other to create a system of "extreme vetting" for immigrants. a decisive start to acting on those campaign promises. >> but millions of women have been helped by planned parenthood. but we're not going to allow and we're not going to fund as long as you have the abortion going on at planned parenthood. >> reporter: the marchers today
hoping the president will make good on that one. >> the fight to defund planned parenthood is not new, but with republicans in control of the house, the senate, and the white house, this battle is really at its peak right now. >> when we talk about the preventive health services that are actually threatened in a defunding scenario, breast cancer screenings, pap tests, birth control, std testing and treatment, those are the kind of services that are threatened. >> reporter: the other battleground, the supreme court, where many in the anti-abortion movement hope that roe versus wade could be overturned. >> what would you like to see on the supreme court? >> just where life is valued. >> reporter: president trump is expected to fill the vacant seat on the supreme court with a conservative justice. but it still wouldn't be enough to tip the scales. most court watchers say five would likely vote to uphold, four would likely vote to strike down. >> the trump administration can restrict abortion rights, but roe v. wade cannot be overturned any time soon. that's because it will take more
than the one opening on the supreme court that donald trump curtly has. >> we believe that this has been the settled law of the land for 40 years. and absolutely roe v. wade is something that any jurist should uphold and protect. we know when you make abortion illegal, you don't actually reduce abortion, you actually make it less safe. >> reporter: hawkens, however, believes overturning roe versus wade is. >> if you look at the reality, if you look at the supreme court appointments this president is going to be able to make, it's entirely possible. i think that's why you saw so many women come out and men come out, the so-called women's march last week, because they know just how close we are to abolishing abortion in this lifetime. >> reporter: for "nightline" i'm gloria riviera in washington. next, how do you shock a man with four wives and 18 children? the announcement from one of his daughters that took him by surprise.
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when you have 18 children and four different wives, it's likely one of them will do something to shake the foundations of your belief system. what was that it stunned this polygamist? here is abc's abbie boudreau. >> reporter: life for polygamist cody brown, his four wives, and their 18 kids, all stars of tlc's hit show "sister wives" was already full of drama when oldest daughter mariah recently dropped this bombshell. >> whew. okay. um -- i'm gay.
>> oh, honey, i thought you were going to tell me you had cancer. >> are you serious? >> it's one of those things i had to say it where i wasn't going to. i was just like, okay! >> reporter: a shocking and unexpected revolution for the high-profile "sister wives" family who believe being gay is against their religion. >> i had no idea mariah was gay, no idea at all. >> it was mariah's biological mother, mary, who seemed the most stunned of all four sister wives. >> you actually teared up. >> i think it was just such a shock. and completely different than what i had ever expected for her life. i realize now that it's okay for me to mourn what i thought was going to be her life. >> reporter: also shocked, the outspoken patriarch of the family, cody. >> mariah never dated boys. a fundamentalist mormon culture,
the polygamists, they don't date for fun, they date for courtship, they date with intention to get married. so we just thought maybe she was just waiting for that person that she might have met. >> reporter: the 21-year-old says she was fighting the truth about her sexuality for years. >> it wasn't necessarily me keeping a secret, it was something i couldn't accept in myself. >> reporter: mariah says her parents preached acceptance, both at home and in public, but growing up in the church, she feared the repercussions of coming out as a lesbian. >> the people i was around and the church i went to, it was very -- bad. like -- gay people are bad. it was just like, i can't be perfect in the eyes of god unless i'm not gay. >> reporter: cody is quick to protect his daughter, even in the eyes of his church. >> this is my church and my faith and i have chosen it. okay? she doesn't have to choose it. >> even though you're accepting of it, do you still feel like being gay is a sin? >> i went to god myself and
asked him what to do about it. he said, you love, i'll judge, and guess what, that message to me was, it is off my shoulders, i do not have to worry about it, my job is to love. >> reporter: suppressing her feelings for so long, mariah says she became homophobic. >> i think i didn't want to be around it because -- i guess i wanted it, you know? so when i did start being around people who are gay, it was like, you know what? they're actually fine. it's okay. >> reporter: citing opposing beliefs, mariah left the church, but it wasn't until college that the psychology major finally allowed herself to stop living a lie. >> was there a certain moment? >> i had been talking to one of my friends. she told me she had a girlfriend. and i was like, oh. she's gay. and i immediately after that was like, oh that means i could date her. then i was like, wait, what? i don't want to date girls, that's weird, i like boys. >> reporter: mariah's
announcement came in the midst of a rocky time in her parents' marriage. >> is that what you're waiting for me to do is come crawling back on my knees? >> i've never said that. >> i'm asking. >> reporter: meri was the first to wed cody 27 years ago and says she was supportive when he then married janelle, christine, and robin, and had 17 more children. but it is the bond with his very first wife that eventually became the most strained. >> i just don't know that you and i are even on the same page. >> are you still in love with cody? >> we don't have the romantic love that we did at the very beginning. we don't. but i definitely love him and i have a lot of hope for our relationship and our future. >> how would you answer that question? >> you know, on a practice tonic level. i mean, we're just not in a loving relationship. >> reporter: despite being surrounded by her large family, meri says she felt lonely and vulnerable when she found companionship online. >> it did feel good to have
somebody that i was, you know, talking to. and that seemed interested in my life. >> do you feel like you were having an emotional affair? >> no, i don't. no. >> do you feel like she was? >> i don't now, but at the time i thought she was having a full-blown affair. >> were you angry with her? >> i was worried. >> we were worried and angry and sad. >> confused. >> yeah, confused, a little bit depressed. >> she was so checked out from us. >> reporter: yet meri was checked into her online friendship. they says things took a dark turn. >> that's when all the threats were happening. you know? stay away from your family, you don't want to be with them because they're bad to you. >> reporter: says it was months into the relationship before she realized she'd been catfished. by a woman posing as a man. >> if you and i had been taking better care of our relationship, then i wouldn't have been in such a vulnerable place that i
would have been open to other friendships that would lead to this kind of deception and evil. >> what do you think the end game for the catfisher was? >> attention. that's it. >> attention. money. i don't know. >> reporter: devastated, her family rallied around her. but her relationship with kody still suffers. >> do you trust her? >> you know, i trust her on a pragmatic level. i don't trust her emotionally. >> is divorce on the table? >> not for me. >> um -- no, then. it's not on the table. because i don't leave. i'm with these four wives, and i don't leave. >> reporter: they say after years avoiding the truth, they will no longer lie to themselves. mariah too is living her life in the open, even though she isn't dating yet. >> i can't believe i'm about to ask you this. do you have a girlfriend? >> no. >> reporter: she's thankful for
all over parents' unconditional support. >> i'm really proud of mariah. >> we love her. >> it's not something that changes anything the way i feel about her. >> reporter: and her siblings as well. >> when mariah told me she goes, i wonder who would be -- who of us would be gay. >> do you feel like you're happy? >> yes, i'm happier than i've ever been in my life. >> a weight off the shoulders. >> yeah, it really is, seriously. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm abbie boudreau in las vegas. >> "sister wives" airs sunday night on tlc. next, the cast "the mary tyler moore show" together again. touching reunion before the legendary star passed away. more people than ever are choosing nissan... making us north america's fastest growing auto brand in 2016. take on 2017 and get the safety you'd expect...
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