Three-Person Civil Union in Brazil Sparks Controversy
A man in Brazil has been allowed to join in a civil union with two women, reports state.
The man, whose name has not been released, has been living with this two girlfriends for three years and all have been sharing expenses. They also have a joint account at the local bank.
The threesome stated that they felt that they should conduct some sort of official ceremony to protect the rights of the other in the event of separation or death.
Public notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues defended her decision to allow the union by stating that such an arrangement is not prohibited by law.
“For better or worse, it doesn’t matter, but what we considered a family before isn’t necessarily what we would consider a family today,” she opined.
However, others have denounced Domingues’ approval of the relationship and have called it “absurd.”
“[This is] something completely unacceptable, which goes against Brazilian values and morals,” stated attorney Regina Beatriz Tavares De Silva.
Christians and other groups have expressed their disapproval as well.
It is not known whether such arrangement will continue to be recognized by the Brazilian government or if it will be challenged in the courts.
The threesome was wed in early summer, but have kept their arrangement quiet until recently. They refuse to give their names or provide photographs, however.