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Three Unmarried Adults + One Baby = A Family in Canada

In what appears to be a first for our neighbor to the north, that country is oddly validating a 'polyamorous' relationship

A recent ruling in Canada is raising more than a few eyebrows — and is showing contempt for traditional parenthood in a flamboyant way.

A court in Newfoundland and Labrador has recognized three unmarried adults as the legal parents of a child born in 2017 within their “polyamorous” family, the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) reported.

It appears to be a legal first for the Great White North.

That’s right: three parents. One kid.

In this particular setup, two men, who are each in a relationship with the same woman, will assume concurrent paternal roles. One of the men is presumably the child’s biological father.

“Society is continuously changing and family structures are changing along with it,” reads the decision by Justice Robert Fowler of the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court’s family division, the CBC said.

“When the province’s Children’s Law Act was introduced about 30 years ago,” Fowler added, “it did not contemplate the ‘now complex family relationships that are common and accepted in our society.'”

In this alternate universe, does the past have no bearing on the present?

“Many cultural changes — particularly since the 1960s — have been profoundly damaging, especially to children,” Laurie Higgins, a cultural issues writer for the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) and its sister organization, Illinois Family Action of Tinley Park, Illinois, told LifeZette of the polyamorous parenting issue. “Apparently the judge believes that societal change is inevitably and always good — a claim that thinking people would recognize as patently false and childish, too.”

She continued, “A wise, compassionate, and just society would take into account the moral status of different family structures when adjudicating issues involving parentage, as well as child placement,” added Higgins, who is a mother of four children. “But a society that has jettisoned all basis for determining morality in favor of absolute autonomy and moral relativism no longer has the capacity to do that. That’s why we see homosexuals purchasing genetic material and renting wombs — and we see polyamorous couples legally declared the parents of an infant.”

Lawyers for the province’s attorney general, meanwhile, argued that the provincial Children’s Law Act does not allow more than two people to be named as the legal parents of a child, said the CBC report.

Still, that didn’t seem to matter to the judge in this case. “I have no reason to believe that this relationship detracts from the best interests of the child,” he said in his decision.

His words struck a nerve.

“There is nothing at all stable about a polyamorous relationship, one that is not even confined by the bonds of commitment.”

“On what basis did he arrive at this astonishing claim?” Higgins wondered. “Is the basis his omniscient observations?”

“This is one more manifestation of the disregard progressives have for the intrinsic rights and needs of children,” she said. “And it’s one more step in the severance of children from their biological parents. In order to satiate the sexual appetites — including disordered sexual appetites — of adults, we have severed procreation from sex, sex from marriage, and marriage from procreation. In so doing, we rationalized the deleterious effects on children.”

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“There is nothing at all stable about a polyamorous relationship, one that is not even confined by the bonds of commitment,” said Elizabeth Johnson, also known as the Activist Mommy, in a blog post. “Some research suggests that 92 percent of all open marriages fail; who’s to say a polyamorous parental unit would be any different?”

In the end, it’s the children who suffer from a lack of stability.

That’s just plain common sense — which doesn’t require a law degree to understand.

Elizabeth Economou is a former CNBC staff writer and adjunct professor. Follow her on Twitter.