In the last few years progress has been made in terms of legal standing of those who live a poly life style. Visiting rights for poly partners who have helped raise a child they no longer live with is one such milestone. Another is protection (at least in San Francisco!) against job discrimination based on lifestyle—Gay, Poly, etc.
A child can’t be removed from the home of a mother or father who chooses to be in a triad or larger group marriage unless harm to the child is actually proven in court in some jurisdictions in the US and certainly in other parts of the world. We have had people show up at Live the Dream meetings who actually had three or four mothers (though generally one father) from Africa and other countries. Where they came from, this was not unusual. We will also discuss Robert Rimmer’s Proposition 31, published 1968. It is speculative fiction about how legislation legalizing group marriage might be passed through our political process-one of his best “couple meet couple, they fall in love, get married and raise kids together” stories.
What would it take to speed the legalization of group marriage in the US? Let’s brainstorm it!