In the debate over same-sex marriage one of the common arguments made by conservatives is that once marriage is reduced to a contractual arrangement between consenting individuals all limitations on size and nature of the arrangement are removed. Marriage as a sacred institution where a man and women join together to produce, raise, and nurture the next generation is replaced with a fluid institution where whatever decadent arrangement one wants will be affirmed by the State. Same-sex marriage will be followed by the legalization of polygamy, polyandry, incest, or anything else. As you can expect, this response is, “Oh, that will never happen.” Well, it has happened.
According to a reports coming out of Sao Paulo, Brazil, a notary approved the civil union of three people. BBC noted, “Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues has said the man and two women should be entitled to family rights.”
One could potentially argue that this polygamist civil union is not equal to full marriage, but the incremental approach on these matters has been successful in the past. All it takes to turn a civil union into marriage in an activist judge or in the case of Connecticut, a group of judges. Brazil has recognized civil unions since 2004, but in 2011 a judge, also in the state of Sao Paulo, converted a civil union into full marriage. Since then hundreds of same-sex couples have had their civil unions converted to marriage as well.
The assault on human flourishing continues…