a model relationship, in more ways than one. They share a bank account. They’re all stable professionals in their 30′s. They live together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They want legal protection in case of separation, injury, or other calamity. There’s just one problem with this union: there’s three of them. A trio of two women and a man has received civil union status in Brazil, after a notary declared them a stable unit via paperwork. Cue the firestorm over trio marriages! Under Brazilian law, declaring as a stable unit gives a couple, no matter what it is constituted of, similar legal protections as a standard marriage would.
Claudia do Nascimento Domingues is a notary in the Tupa city in Sao Paolo, well over 600 miles from Rio. Still, the trio traveled from Rio to Sao Paolo to see Domingues, who is considered to be an expert on multiple partner civil unions, and probably the only one willing to perform the union in socially progressive yet religious Brazil. Domingues is a family law student at the University of Sao Paolo, with her dissertation work being done in “how you can love more than one person at a time”.
“By registering them, I only confirmed that they recognize themselves as a family,” said the notary. ”I don’t confer rights to them. That is up to a judge to decide.”
Other multiples have sought her out as well, including a quintet (two men and three women) and another trio (one woman, two men).
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