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Somerville, Mass. becomes first U.S. city to legally recognize polyamorous relationships

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/3/2020 Lauren Theisen
a group of people walking on a city street at night: People walk past the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square in Somerville, MA. © Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe People walk past the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square in Somerville, MA.

The city of Somerville, Massachusetts became what is believed to be the first U.S. city to recognize polyamorous relationships last Thursday, after the city council passed a new domestic partnership ordinance.

The ordinance was brought before the council as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as a way to help those who are not married to their partners still visit their loved ones if they get sick and end up in the hospital.

Councilor JT Scott bought up the idea of including relationships of more than two people just before the city council meeting, according to CNN, and the ordinance was signed into law by Mayor Joseph Curtatone on Monday.

“Folks live in polyamorous relationships and have for probably forever. Right now, our laws deny their existence and that doesn’t strike me as the right way to write laws at any level,” said Councilor Lance Davis to CNN. “Hopefully this gives folks a legal foundation from which to have discussion. Maybe others will follow our lead.”

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