Natalie Bennett is ‘open’ to polyamorous marriages and civil partnerships

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Natalie Bennett has said she is “open” to polyamorous marriages and civil partnerships.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has said her party is “open” to discussion on the idea of civil partnership or marriages between three people.

Speaking in a question and answer session with PinkNews readers, Ms Bennett was asked whether she supported the right of polyamorous relationships to get married or have civil partnerships.

The PinkNews reader, Dr Redfern Jon Barrett, asked: “At present those in a ‘trio’ (a three-way relationship) are denied marriage equality, and as a result face a considerable amount of legal discrimination.

“As someone living with his two boyfriends in a stable long-term relationship, I would like to know what your stance is on polyamory rights. Is there room for Green support on group civil partnerships or marriages?”

To which Ms Bennett responded: “At present, we do not have a policy on civil partnerships involving more than two people.

“We are, uniquely in this country, a party whose policies are developed and voted for by our members.

“We have led the way on many issues related to the liberalisation of legal status in adult consenting relationships, and we are open to further conversation and consultation.”

Opponents of same-sex marriage have long argued that ‘redefining’ marriage would lead to unions between more than two people.

Tory MP Craig Whittaker warned in 2012: “What will our successors be discussing and have to legislate for in the future? Polygamy? Three-way relationships? Who knows what else?”

Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate Zoe O’Connell recently opened up about living in a polyamorous relationships with her partners.

The Green Party is launching its LGBT manifesto today in London’s Soho.

In the Q&A, Ms Bennett backed gender X passports and addressed a number of LGBT issues.

Natalie Bennett’s partner Jim Jepps came under scrutiny earlier this month for a blog about rape fantasies.

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Natalie Bennett is ‘open’ to polyamorous marriages and civil partnerships