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Thursday August 30, 2012

Brazil Notary Allows Civil Union Between Three People, Upsets Many

Brazil Notary Allows Civil Union Between Three People, Upsets Many

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Religious groups in Brazil are livid over a Public Notary accepting a civil union between two women and man in Sao Paolo.

Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues has come under fire for granting a civil union to three people more than three months ago.

While those opposed believe the partnership to be illegal, Domingues maintains there is nothing in the law to prevent the civil union.

The union serves to protect the rights of three consenting adults should they separate or pass away. The trio has yet to speak with the media, but are said to share bank accounts, bills, and other expenses. They have lived together in Rio de Janeiro for three years.

Domingues points to this civil union and says families like these are just another example of how the idea of family has changed.

The President of the Institute of Lawyers’ Commission for the Rights of the Family, Regina Tavares da Silva does not see it that way, however.

Da Silva told BBC News the union is not only “totally illegal” but “absurd” as well.

“[This civil union is] something completely unacceptable which goes against Brazilian values and morals,” da Silva said.

While most of the “Western World” sees this kind of union as polygamy or “plural marriage” and has laws against it, Brazil has no such laws for or against it, seemingly making this perfectly legal.

The Roman Catholic Church, which is the predominant religion in Brazil, does not recognize three-person marriages.

It appears that for now, while there may be objections to the arrangement, no law has been broken.