Three-Way Civil Union Sparks Debate in Brazil

A notary in Sao Paulo, Brazil has ignited debate and controversy when she decided to accept and sign off on a civil union between three people. According to BBC, Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues says the man and two women should be entitled to family rights and that there's nothing in the law that prevents such a union. 

The union, which was formalized months ago but is just now coming to light, brings together individuals who have lived together in Rio de Janeiro for three years and share expenses. They have declined to speak to press. According to a jurist who helped draft the document, the idea is to protect their rights in case of separation or death of a partner.

"We are only recognizing what has always existed," said Domingues. "We are not inventing anything. For better or worse, it doesn't matter, but what we considered a family before isn't necessarily what we would consider a family today."

Another lawyer, Regina Beatriz Tavares da Silva, told BBC that the move was "absurd and totally illegal," as well as "something completely unacceptable which goes against Brazilian values and morals." Silva, who is president of the Commission for the Rights of the Family within the Institute of Lawyers, says the union will be nullified. 

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