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CPAA Reacts to BC Supreme Court Decision

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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Ready for the decision

The CPAA, and Canada’s poly majority, are digesting todays’s decision. The Court posted it at

http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/SC/11/15/2011BCSC1588.htm

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.

Closing Arguments begin March 28th

The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) has obtained the right (a first in BC) to video tape court proceedings of the closing arguments and is webcasting live only (video and sound) here: Starts March 28, at 10 am Pacific Standard Time Here
Wait for the commercial and the video is there when court is in session.
Schedule of presentation of closing arguments are here:

Vancouver Polyamory Panel Forum – April 11th

With this court hearing generating a significant amount of discussion regarding Polyamory within Canadian society, this forum will allow present practitioners of Polyamory and those interested in learning more, an opportunity to discuss the benefits and pitfalls of this growing approach to consensual multiple person relationships.

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