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And Baby Makes Four

Last week, Canada took an important new step toward a radical deconstruction of the family: a court ruled that a child could have three, simultaneous legal parents. (“Boy can have two mothers and a father, Ontario appeal court rules”) I first wrote about this case almost four years ago, in “Heather Has 3 Parents.” I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the court held its ruling until just after Canada’s conservatives failed to reverse judicially imposed same-sex marriage in parliament.  Now we know how long after the secure nationalization of same-sex marriage it can take for further radical changes to emerge: about a month.

For more links on this issue, see this article from the International Herald Tribune, “Canada expands definition of who is a parent,” this editorial, “Family Matters,” from the Edmonton Sun, and this Op-Ed, “Family structure takes another hit,” from the Calgary Sun.

We’ve got a clear instantiation of the slippery slope here.  But could it happen in America?  Of course.  As I showed in “The Confession” and “The Confession II,” there is already a movement pushing for triple and quadruple parenting, and the multiple marriage that will follow from this.  And as I noted in “NYT Goes Rad,” The New York Times is already busy mainstreaming the idea.

Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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