Legally recognized multi-partner unions: Why not?

A public notary in Brazil has registered a three-person partnership as a legally recognized civil union.  (The BBC report is available here:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-19402508.)  Brazilians are waiting to see how other public officials treat the notary’s action.

The notary, Claudia do Nascimento Domingues, who serves the 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. For better or worse, it doesn’t matter, but what we considered a family before isn’t necessarily what we would consider a family today’.”

Now, the reason of principle that intimate partnerships of three or more persons cannot truly be marriages, and should not be legally recognized as marriages or the equivalent, is . . .  Well, remind me again, what is it?

via Mirror of Justice: Legally recognized multi-partner unions: Why not?.

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