D is for Domestic Partnerships – Alphabet Challenge
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You know, not all marriages are legal. Some of them are purely religious or go counter to the laws that say that a marriage is a party of two.
What I want to talk about today are Domestic Partnerships. These are “marriages” that exist outside the law. In the US, Canada and most European countries, it’s bigamy to marry more than one person. This is “to protect women’s rights and independence.” But what happens if a man wants to take two (or more) wives (polygyny), or a woman wants to take two husbands (polyandry), or a group of adults all consider themselves a married family (polygamy)? Currently, there is no law to support these people, no matter their reasoning.
However, they can legally enter into a partnership, like a business. They can then share all their assets and debts and have the rights and privileges of any business. If they each sign a power of attorney, they can also do things like visit sick members in the hospital as “next of kin” and conduct legal activities on each others’ behalf, including holding shared credit accounts.
There is always a way to get around the law but, it might be that due to gay rights legislation, there is a precedent for configuring marriages to include plural marriage. If a marriage can be made up of persons other than two heterosexuals, why not multiple partners? It might be ten years down the road, but there’s hope.
In my upcoming book, Master of Two, I focus on a M/f/f partnership. And Rayanna Jamison has a wonderful sweet polygyny book out that is wowing spanking romance enthusiasts — Bride Two Soon.
How do you feel about polygamy in its many forms? Is it something you would embark upon? Or what if one of your children wanted to live that way?
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