In Colombia, three homosexual men have gained legal recognition as the first "polyamorous family." The South American republic legalized same-sex marriages for pairs of people in 2016. One member of the marital trio, actor Victor Hugo Prada, told Colombian media on Monday, "We wanted to validate our household... and our rights, because we had no solid legal basis establishing us as a family."
The two other spouses in the menage are sports are journalist Manuel Jose Bermudez and sports instructor John Alejandro Rodriguez. They signed legal documents before an attorney in Medellin, a city on Colombia's Caribbean shore, which established them as a family unit with inheritance rights.
"This establishes us as a family, a polyamorous family. It is the first time in Colombia that has been done."
According to homosexual advocate German Rincon Perfetti, there are many so-far unrecognized three-person unions in Colombia. Noting that this was the first to be legally recognized, he told AFP, "It is a recognition that other types of family exist."
Colombia began the fourth country in South America to recognize homosexual marriages of couples, following a constitutional court ruling in April 2016. The other countries that recognize homosexual marriage are Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.