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Poly Marriage Law?

June 3rd, 2014
law, marriage

As gay marriage becomes mainstream, poly marriage becomes thinkable. If you accept that two consenting adults should be able to marry, what reason do you have to keep multiple such adults from marrying? While not all polyamorous people want group marriages, there are some that to:

When people act as if all of society's work around marriage rights is done with the advent of legal same-sex marriage, mention that not everyone is in a two-adult relationship, and mention your support of people who are in poly families who wish to be legally married. Increasing awareness of poly families will probably go further than anything else we can do.
  — How to be an Ally for Poly Marriage
Or:
Unfortunately, there is no way to add my second partner to my health insurance or to file taxes as a family. We won't be able to make loss of consortium claims, receive disability benefits for each other, or exercise any of the other hundreds of privileges belonging to married couples. Without poly marriage, my relationship with my second partner will always be treated by the legal system as less important than my relationship with my first partner.
 — The Need for Poly Marriage

One thing I haven't been able to find, however, is a detailed proposal for how the law would work. With gay marriage the law change really is as simple as changing "one woman and one man" to "two people" but while I see people claiming poly marriage is just expanding marriage from "two people" to "people" I'm not sure that's enough:

I'm not saying these can't be solved, or are even arguments against legalizing poly marriage, but I'm curious what the proposed solutions are.

(Maxium sizes would help with many of these, but where to draw the line? Probably you allow at least 5, but 10? 25? 100?)

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