Ms Domingues, who is based in the Sao Paulo city of Tupa, said the move reflected the fact that the idea of a "family" had changed."But," the BBC continues, "the move has angered some religious groups, while one lawyer described it as 'absurd and totally illegal'."
"We are only recognising what has always existed. We are not inventing anything."
"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."
Personally, far from being angered, I find it rather amusing. More importantly, I wait to see what arguments, rather than emotional reactions, will be mustered to oppose the move. Lawyer Regina Beatriz Tavares da Silva is said to have told the BBC this was "something completely unacceptable which goes against Brazilian values and morals". But of course that does not answer the argument of Ms Domingues, that the idea of family had changed.
If 'family' is what 'families' do, and if marriage is whatever we choose to call it, then I can see no logical reason why anyone could oppose a three way, or any other way, civil union, 'marriage' or whatever people want. Who are we to deny their happiness, fulfilment, or right to enjoy the relationships they choose?
Other than on the basis of religion, or some other a priori assumption, the tide is surely running in favour of our 'threesome', perhaps not today, but certainly some time soon.
Meanwhile, I must admit I'd love to hear from Alan Wilson on this one!
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