The decision is in. Although the law was upheld, the judge’s interpretation means that most of the poly majority isn’t criminalized. However, those who have formalized their commitments aren’t out of the woods.
Our thanks go out to all the community members who’ve supported us. The CPAA is in this for the long haul. We will continue our work, on appeal, in Parliament, or wherever it takes, until all loving, healthy polyamorous relationships are fully accepted in Canada. And we’ll still need your help.
We are, of course, still and always available for interviews at +1 778 786 8010.
CPAA Relieved That Polyamorist Relationships Are Not Criminalized
VANCOUVER — November 23, 2011 — The Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association (CPAA) is relieved by BC Chief Justice Robert Bauman’s decision today clarifying the interpretation of Canada’s anti-polygamy law.
“Polyamorists are relieved they can be in loving egalitarian conjugal relationships without criminal sanction,” said CPAA legal counsel, John Ince, “Common law relationships are clearly not prohibited. Polyamorists who are dealing with immigration or family custody issues for instance now need no longer worry about being considered to be criminals”.
Many polyamorous women, as well as men, have multiple partners, and polyamorists think men and women have equal freedom to define their relationships. The CPAA says the decision will relieve most polyamorists but, alarmingly, will harm those who make certain formal commitments.
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The CPAA, and Canada’s poly majority, are digesting todays’s decision. The Court posted it at
John Ince, our lawyer and a CPAA Director, will be in the lockup at the courthouse. He’ll be available for press interviews at 10:00 AM.
The CPAA press hotline is at +1 778 786 8010.
Phone spokespeople will be available from 10:00, although it may take until 10:30 or so for us to have a clear reaction on the phone. We’ll also be watching email.
We’ll be blogging and tweeting as appropriate. We’ll update this post with a direct link to the decision when we have it.
On Wednesday of this week coming (November 23rd), Chief Justice Robert Bauman will release his decision with regards to the
The Court has announced that the judgement will be released at 10:00 (AM, Vancouver time), on November 23, 2011. The