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All in the family

Hodder, Jonny

Publisher:  CBC
Date Written:  20/06/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article

Three parents who have made Canadian history by winning a court's recognition as a legal family are still adjusting to their status as pioneers for polyamorous rights.



Best friends who fell in love with the same woman

C.C., J.M., and J.E. met with CBC News in their St. John's home. CBC News has agreed to not use their full names in order to protect their daughter’s privacy.

Contrary to what people may assume, the three do not often share a bed together.

"Three people, it's a lot of people to have everything condensed to one room," said J.M. "I don't know if you've ever slept in a bed with two other people before, but it's very warm, high chance of snoring happening. There's a lot of limbs."

C.C. makes a distinction about the relationship dynamics.

"I'm polyamorous. The boys are both monogamous," she said.

"It's not that I split the love; it's that I have a lot of love. It took a little bit of trust on their behalf … because this was all new to them. Their ideal wasn’t to be in a polyamorous relationship, but it is ideal now."

Although the two men are not romantically involved with one another, they had been best friends for nearly a decade prior to meeting C.C. at a local music festival. While some may bristle at the thought of sharing a long-term romantic partner, both J.E. and J.M. say it was a relatively smooth transition.


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