"Polygamy" Recognized by Brazilian Official "Polygamy" Recognized by Brazilian Official
"Polygamy" Recognized by Brazilian Official

"Polygamy" Recognized by Brazilian Official

"Polygamy" Recognized by Brazilian Official

by Steve Eastman, Faith Issues

The first civil union between a man and two women was announced in Brazil this week, although the actual arrangement was formalized three months ago.

The three, who are not talking to the media, have lived together for three years in Rio de Janeiro, and have been sharing their expenses and a bank account.  

The union was approved by Notary Officer Claudia do Nascimento Domingues, who says there is no law to prevent such an arrangement. But Regina Tavares da Silva, of the Institute of Lawyers, calls it "absurd and totally illegal."  

Attorney Nathaniel Batista dos Santos Junior was responsible for drawing up the document. He says the motive was to protect the rights of the partners in case of separation or death.

The President of a Bar Association in the area — Tayon Berlanga — confirms the document legally oversees the division of property, but says cannot affect death benefits, financing decisions by banks and dependency status for health plans.

When the gay rights movement was revving up, conservative observers warned that same sex-marriage was the first in a series of attacks on the traditional family that, if allowed to continue, would lead to polygamy, "normalization" of pedophilia and sex with animals.  It looks like a trial balloon for the second step in the process has just been released in Brazil.

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