Unprecedented civil union unites Brazilian trio - CNN.com:
Now that is the kind of thing I have been advocating for years.
- In Brazil, a notary has granted a civil union to unite a man and two women
- The public notary who approved the status says they have the right to be a family
- Others say it is a violation of the constitution and destroys families
- The notary is now studying unions for another trio and for a quintet
Not that I have been advocating that particular form of ménage à trois, but rather that the state should get out of the marriage business and, if it sees the need for it, register various kinds of social and domestic partnerships without perpetuating the illusion that it somehow creates marriages or has the power to define marriage. See here Notes from underground: The State should get out of the marriage business.
I have suggested that the state can register such partnerships, whatever form they take, in the same manner as it registers births and deaths. The state should no more try to create marriages than it tries to create babies. If it treated the registration of births in the way it treats marrtiage in most countries, we would have decanting factories, as in Aldous Huxley's book Brave new world.