A child asked her mother, “How were people born?” The mother said, “Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies grew up to became adults and they made babies, and so on.”  The child then went to her father and asked him the same question.  He told her, “We were monkeys, then we evolved over time to become like we are now.”  The child ran went back to her mother and said, “I don’t understand.  You said babies come from God and Daddy said babies come from monkeys.  How can this be?” And her Mom replied, “Oh, Daddy was talking about his side of the family!”

Before I proceed, let me give you three definitions:

Polygamy – The practice or custom of having more than one wife or husband at the same time.

Bigamy – The act of going through a marriage ceremony while you are already married to another person.

Polyamory – the philosophy or of being in love or romantically involved with more than one person at the same time.

Two (polygamy/bigamy) are illegal in Canada, but one (polyamory) is not and here’s what happened.

… In Newfoundland, two men and one woman were living together in a polyamorous relationship (being in love or romantically involved with more than one person at the same time).  A child was conceived and birthed.  The threesome then sought to have the birth certificate naming one of them (the woman) as the mother and two of them (the men) as the fathers – they refused a paternity test, not wanting to know which one was the actual biological paternal parent.  Service Newfoundland denied the request based on Canadian law (the Children’s Act of 1997 allows only two parents to be named on a birth certificate).  The two men then took their case to the Newfoundland Supreme Court (Family Division) and the presiding judge sided with the polyamorists.  Justice Robert Fowler ruled:

“Society is continually changing and family structures are changing with it.  This must be recognized as a reality and not as a detriment to the best interests of a  child.  When the Children’s Act was introduced some thirty-plus years ago, it did not contemplate the now complex family relationships that are common and accepted in our society.  Therefore I can find nothing to disparage this relationship (having two fathers) from being best for the child.”

There are currently about 500 polyamorous units in the nation and they were thrilled with the decision, vowing now to press the same case in each province.

The bottom line?  A family of four has now taken on a very new and a very sad meaning in Canada.