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Ask Amy: Married couple ponders ‘opening’ their union

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My brother-in-law of 20 years has always been rude, hateful,

disrespectful and in a perpetual bad mood.

My sister always made excuses for his bad behavior and so my family "turned the other cheek" and treated him with love and kindness, anyway.

One day at a party I overheard my brother-in-law telling his friend how he never liked me or my family. He then proceeded to make fun of us.

A few days later I confronted him and my sister about it.

My brother-in-law confessed to hating me and my family.


He said we had done nothing bad to him personally – he just hated us.

My sister knew how he felt all along and now she's acting like it's not a big deal.

We don't want anything to do with my brother-in-law ever again.

We are all feuding, and I don't know what to do or how to save my relationship with my sister over this betrayal.


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