It will never cease to piss me off how the polyamory community has almost no activism and so we still get looked at like black sheep
For real, poly people deserve basic fucking rights like:
* Marriage and divorce
* Having multiple parents listed in vital records (birth parents and others raising the child)
* Not having child protective services visits or your kids taken away
* Society not assuming the default relationship configuration is two for life
* Letting all members of a polyamorous relationship visit you in hospital or pick kids up from school
Rights couples take for granted...
"But Eliza, with legal recognition comes complications"
We can sort that shit out, trust me.
We have bodies of law to build on already. Consider corporate and contract law. Marriage can be treated just like a merger. Divorce can be treated like a spin-out or liquidation.
It's... really not that hard.
Like for real
If you get married, you should know what the hell that means. It means joint ownership of property. When you divorce, the law will divide your property equitably (in most jurisdictions nowadays).
That may mean complications during divorce. As if those don't already exist in polyamorous marriages that exist outside the legal system...
@Aerdan Yeah but if they haven't I say do an equitable split as if all the parties were divorcing at once (excluding personal property)
If they wind up with not a whole lot, oh well
@Elizafox Children raised in these instances deserve these rights as well
@Elizafox A point of potential hope? Think how relatively quickly things went from "ONE MAN ONE WOMAN NOTHING ELSE" to "Legal now". And when you have the spoons, doing the legal legwork you can do now (based on what gay/lesbian couples used to have to do) for that will help push the world forward.
One thing that shows up is problematic allies. There was a court battle in Canada for a while, with poly folks (including a three-parent family I know) pushing for legal recognition. On the side of the poly folks were some fundamentalist Mormons (who had left Utah when it got too liberal) pushing for the right for their men to have many wives.
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