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Cambridge, Mass., Home of Harvard, MIT, Legally Recognizes Polyamorous Relationships

By Michael W. Chapman | March 25, 2021 | 4:56pm EDT
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The city council of Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to Harvard University and MIT, recently voted to legally recognize polyamorous relationships, expanding the definition of a domestic partnership from two unmarried people living together to "two or more persons."

"The new definition broadens the definition to 'two or more persons' not related by blood who 'are in a relationship of mutual support, caring and commitment and intend to remain in such a relationship' and 'consider themselves to be a family,'" reported the Catholic News Agency

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The Cambridge City Council vote occurred on Mar. 8. In July 2020, the city of Somerville, right next to Cambridge, expanded its definition of domestic partnerships to include polyamorous groups. They are the only two cities in Massachusetts to recognize such arrangements. 

Ryan Anderson, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, told CNA, “Of course it was never going to stop with same-sex couples. Once you redefine marriage to eliminate the male-female component, what principle requires monogamy?”

Traditionally, the cultural norm for marriage “was that only one man and one woman could unite as one flesh as husband and wife in the very same act that could produce new life, and then connect that new life with his or her own mother and father," said Anderson. 

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“Once the law and culture says the male-female aspect of marriage violates justice and equality, we haven’t ‘expanded’ marriage, we’ve fundamentally redefined what it is," he said. "And those redefinitions have no principled stopping point."

The Catholic News Agency further reported that, "The Cambridge legal change was drafted with the help of the Polyamory Legal Advocacy Coalition. The group is an outgrowth of the Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic and is supported by the American Psychological Association."

h/t Catholic News Agency

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