The city council of Cambridge, Massachusetts recently approved an ordinance altering the city’s current statute to allow for domestic partnerships between 3 or more adults.
The council approved the change last Monday and the definition of domestic partnership in Cambridge was rewritten to be “the entity formed by two or more persons” who are not related and must register as a “relationship of mutual support, caring and commitment and intend to remain in such a relationship”, Reason reports.
Additionally, they cannot be “in a domestic partnership with others outside this partnership,” and “consider themselves to be a family.”
Included in the new definition is the exclusion of the requirement that the domestic partnership must live together as well as the domestic partners no longer needing to verify their familial relationship to the city through multiple pieces of evidence.
PLAC, a coalition of the Chosen Family Law Center, the Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic, and members of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy, published a statement in celebration of the move.
“The ordinance was developed with detailed input from the newly formed Polyamory Legal Advocacy Coalition (PLAC), and is the first of what advocates hope will be a wave of legal recognition for polyamorous families and relationships in 2021,” PLAC said.
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SOURCE: Christian Headlines, Milton Quintanilla