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Old 08-04-2009, 06:14 AM
Degenerate Degenerate is offline
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Default Polyamory and rights

The marriage thread I wrote got me thinking..

Anyone here who is poly and out can probably think of examples when we have encountered prejudice.. but what about discrimination?

I have in my head that really the only rights issue affecting us is the one of legal marriages, and that most of the rest can be got around by how we manage things. This is how it works for me right now, but I was curious about how others have expereinced things.

I am asking because I am an activist involved in a network which fights for sexual/ity equality for all ( www.caan.org.uk ) and want to make sure that where and if relevant we are including anything relating to poly issues... our statement clearly includes poly in its parameter:

"We believe in the right of consenting adults to make their own sexual choices, in respect of what they do, see and enjoy alone or with other consenting adults, unhindered and unfettered by government."

"We believe that it is not the business of government to intrude into the sex lives of consenting adults." (sign up here if you want to :-) http://www.caan.org.uk/sign.php )

Maybe I am just expecting there to be more issues than this because I spend a lot of time dealing with queer issues and BDSM related issues (some of our practices are illegal here on that front) - so by comparison, although poly is less well known, we seem to have fewer issues - for example, it's not illegal to be poly, like at has been illegal to be gay or is illegal to practice most forms of sadomasochism.

Am I right that marriage is the only issue affecting us as far as rights are concerned, and the rest is simply about awareness raising when possible to fix the prejudice? Do you think we are affected by other rights issues which are not fixed by opening up marriage to poly people? Would love to hear anything anyone has to say on this matter.

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activism, discrimination, polyamory, prejudice, rights

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