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.