This landmark bill, which represents major progress for the polyamory movement (see message below) has passed the California state Senate and is now in the Assembly. It leaves untouched the definition of who can qualify as a parent, but eliminates the limit of two per child, allowing judges to split custody among three or more individuals acting as parents.
Libertarians are already way ahead of the general public in understanding that whom to marry ought to be a personal choice, not a legal matter. The question is, will we end up being seen as pioneers ahead of our time as this next civil rights movement progresses, or -- as happened to some extent with GLBTQ rights -- will the LP be too cautious and fearful of alienating the mainstream public to reap the full political benefits of our early-adopter status? Both supporters and opponents of polyamory agree that support and acceptance of it is growing rapidly:
Libertarians would do well to stand up for equal poly rights now, and hasten the day when government will no longer engage in social engineering by legally favoring certain types of relationships over others while strengthening our reputation as champions of individual liberty and legitimate civil rights against state oppression.
Love & Liberty,
((( starchild )))
At-Large Representative, Libertarian Party of California Executive Committee
At-Large Representative, Libertarian National Committee