frgavin on November 17th, 2011

From Polyinthemedia

Huffington Post

Elizabeth Marquardt directs the Center for Marriage and Families at the conservative Institute for American Values, and she edits the institute’s FamilyScholars.org.  With a Canadian court about to rule next week on Canada’s anti-polygamy and anti-polyamory law, Marquardt has posted an article at the Huffington Post blogs. It’s more descriptive than argumentative:

Get Ready for Group Marriage

Is the prospect of group marriage far-fetched? Probably not. There are several avenues that could soon lead to legal recognition of unions involving three or more people. The efforts come from the fringes of the left, from the darkest corners of the fundamentalist right, and from the laboratories of fertility clinics and hard scientists around the world.

From the fringy left: Polyamory

Polyamory describes relationships of three or more people — it literally means “many loves.” Polyamorists say they practice “ethical non-monogamy,” or relationships that emphasize open communication, respect, and fair treatment of one another.

The debate about legal recognition of polyamorous relationships is already well underway….

…If polyamorists are too busy juggling multiple intimate relationships to have time to push for marriage rights, their supporters might fight the battle for them. In an influential document, “Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision for All Our Families and Relationships,” released in 2006, over three hundred gay and lesbian activists and their supporters–including attorneys, academics, grassroots leaders, and luminaries such as Gloria Steinem, Barbara Ehrenreich, and well-known professors from the Ivy Leagues–called for “legal recognition for a wide range of relationships, households and families” including “households in which there is more than one conjugal partner.”

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