Goddess Manifesta

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Why I will always hate George W. Bush: "I don’t think witchcraft is a religion and I wish the military would take another look at this and decide against it."

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Once They Let Same-Sex Couples Get Married, All Hell Broke Loose...

Charlotte Hays reported on this story in her Loose Canon Beliefnet blog:

First Trio "Married" in the Netherlands

The Netherlands and Belgium were the first countries to give full marriage rights to homosexuals. In the United States some politicians propose “civil unions” that give homosexual couples the full benefits and responsibilities of marriage. These civil unions differ from marriage only in name.

Meanwhile in the Netherlands polygamy has been legalised in all but name. Last Friday the first civil union of three partners was registered. Victor de Bruijn (46) from Roosendaal “married” both Bianca (31) and Mirjam (35) in a ceremony before a notary who duly registered their civil union.

Asked by journalists to tell the secret of their peculiar relationship, Victor explained that there is no jealousy between them. “But this is because Mirjam and Bianca are bisexual. I think that with two heterosexual women it would be more difficult.” Victor stressed, however, that he is “a one hundred per cent heterosexual” and that a fourth person will not be allowed into the “marriage.” They want to take their marriage obligations seriously: “to be honest and open with each other and not philander.”

First off, let's just clarify that this is polygyny, not polygamy, which in any case is not so earth-shattering. I love that this article credits, and actually uses the term "bisexual," with reasoning for a successful group marriage. Wait, is it still polygyny if the women consider themselves married to each other? Maybe not, maybe this is then polygamy... I will personally be keeping tabs on this issue out of the Netherlands...


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