People do what they do and one can hope that whatever they do makes them and their families happy. In an odd shift, trying to pander to FFFM/MFM, etc. marriages and to Muslim families who practice polygamy, Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a piece of legislation into law last Friday allowing children in the state to have more than two legal parents.
The measure, authored by Democratic state senator Sen. Mark Leno, was aimed at upgrading the law to reflect supposed modern changes in the family structure. Islamic polygamy isn’t precisely modern, but California and its legislators aren’t precisely grounded either. Leno said, “Courts need the ability to recognize these changes so children are supported by the adults that play a central role in loving and caring for them,” Sen. Mark Leno (D), who authored the bill, said.
(LA Times) SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will allow children in California to have more than two legal parents, a measure opposed by some conservative groups as an attack on the traditional family.Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said he authored the measure to address the changes in family structure in California, including situations in which same-sex couples have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent.The law will allow the courts to recognize three or more legal parents so that custody and financial responsibility can be shared by all those involved in raising a child, Leno said.
Generally Islam allows a man to have four wives at the same time and an unlimited number of concubines. The California law does not change the existing bigamy statute that prohibits marriage to more than one spouse at a time, but now children in California can have more than two legal parents. It raises the question of how long it will be before California legalizes polygamy and changes or repeals the bigamy statute.
California Penal Code Section 281. (a) Every person having a husband or wife living, who marries any other person, except in the cases specified in Section 282, is guilty of bigamy. (a misdemeanor)
The joint victories for Islam, for lesbian couples (with an outside baby daddy), and for polyamorous couples (MFM, FMF) would tend to encourage non-traditional families. Then again, defining “traditional” in a state like California that revels in the weird has become increasingly difficult.