HBO’s ‘Big Love’ to explore gay storyline in season four

Matt Ross plays Alby Grant in 'Big Love'

Matt Ross plays Alby Grant in 'Big Love' LGBTQ Nation

Television polygamy drama Big Love returns for a fourth season in January with a gay storyline that is likely to stir up controversy in Mormon circles where homosexual relations are prohibited, reports Reuters.

Matt Ross plays Alby Grant in 'Big Love'

The creators of the HBO cable show, about a non-Mormon polygamous family living in Utah, plan to explore a same-sex relationship between two male characters involved in a fictional breakaway sect at the center of the series.

The first episode of the new season involves Alby (played by Matt Ross), a son of the leader of a fictional polygamist group, in a “close encounter” with a male trustee. Both have been struggling with their sexuality.

The theme will be developed over early episodes of Big Love when it returns to HBO on Jan 10, the network confirmed on Wednesday.

It follows an uproar in the U.S. gay community last year over the Mormon church‘s prominent support of the campaign to overthrow same-sex marriage laws in California.

Joel Campbell, a columnist with the unofficial church website, accused Big Love of again using fuzzy plot lines to “stick it to the LDS church.”

Big Love, which first aired in 2006, stars Bill Paxton as a man with three wives and eight children. The show won three Golden Globe nominations this week.

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