Sexuality and the State

Cambridge Will Recognize Polyamorous Partnerships and Other Domestic Arrangements With More Than 2 Adults

Polyamory is now working its way into the mainstream as well.

By Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Reason

Cambridge legalizes polyamorous partnerships. The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, will become the second municipality in the country to legalize domestic partnerships between three or more people. On Monday, Cambridge City Council approved an ordinance amending the city’s existing statute to stipulate that a domestic partnership needn’t only include two partners.

Now, a domestic partnership in Cambridge “means the entity formed by two or more persons” who are not related and file a registration declaring that they’re “in a relationship of mutual support, caring and commitment and intend to remain in such a relationship” and “consider themselves to be a family.”*

The new language removes the requirement that all individuals in a domestic partnership must reside together. It also does away with a section declaring that domestic partners must submit to the city various pieces of evidence proving their familial relationship.

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