The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Polygamy Coming to Brazil?

A public notary in Brazil is attempting to push Brazil across a new frontier in family arrangements by “accepting a civil union between three people”, reports the BBC:

Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues has said the man and two women should be entitled to family rights.

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Nathaniel Santos Batista Junior, a jurist who helped draft the document, said the idea was to protect their rights in case of separation or death of a partner, Globo reports.

Ms Domingues, who is based in the Sao Paulo city of Tupa, said the move reflected the fact that the idea of a “family” had changed.

“We are only recognising what has always existed. We are not inventing anything.”

Predictably, Brazilian religious figures have voiced opposition to the move, and other public figures have expressed serious doubts that the arrangement will be allowed to stand in the courts.

But if this somehow passes muster with Brazilian law, and if these kinds of legally sanctioned family arrangements catch on, we feel confident enough at this early stage to make at least one prediction: divorce lawyers will get even richer.

Published on September 2, 2012 12:00 pm