August 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Two women and a man living together in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo have registered their relationship as a “stable union,” according to local media sources.
The action follows a decision by the nation’s Supreme Tribunal to allow homosexuals to enter into such unions, despite the fact that they are defined in the Constitution as a union between a man and a woman. The decision led to a lower court decision extending the eligibility for homosexuals to marriage itself, although the verdict has not yet been recognized throughout Brazil.
“Stable unions” exist in Brazil to regulate cohabiting couples who are unmarried.
The homosexualist Brazilian Family Institute (IBDFAM), which openly favors polygamous unions as well as same-sex ones, welcomed the most recent decision.
“We have to respect the private nature of relationships and learn to live in this pluralistic society recognizing different desires,” said the group’s vice-president.
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According to the notary who registered the group’s “union,” she initially “went to investigate if there was some legal impediment, and I verified that there wasn’t. I couldn’t recuse myself from notarizing the declaration.”
The “stable union” status gives rights of inheritance and establishes rules for dividing the group’s estate if there is a breakup. According to the law, stable unions exist to ease the transition to “marriage.” Pro-family groups fear that polygamous marriage might be the next step, as happened in the case of homosexual unions.
Pro-family groups in the United States and the Anglosphere have long argued that the “non-discrimination” rationale used to justify homosexual “marriage” could equally apply to polygamy, while homosexual “marriage” proponents have dismissed such fears as baseless.
“Social movements for sexual liberation in Brazil, with the support and financing of the federal government, want to definitively establish the whole deconstructionist agenda of the values of the natural and Christian family,” wrote Uziel Santana, president of the National Association of Evangelical Jurists in an email interview with LifeSiteNews.com (LSN).
“So-called ‘polyamory,’ is another line to be crossed, as well as pedophilia, which is likewise defended,” Santana told LSN, adding that this event “is not a phenomenon only of Brazil. It is worldwide, because organizations such as the International Lesbian and Gay Alliance (ILGA) support and finance these causes in favor of sexual liberation and the deconstruction of Christian ethics.”
Although Brazilian courts do not recognize any right to such unions currently, Santana is concerned that they may begin to do so, following the “stable union” registration in Sao Paulo.
If the Supreme Federal Tribunal takes up a related case, the existing law “could be changed - by the way, in a authoritarian and illegitimate way,” which “would be nonsensical and juridically absurd,” but possible, wrote Santana.