Man 'marries' two women in one ceremonyA registrar has allowed a man to 'marry' two women in a civil ceremony.
The nuptials took place around three months ago in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the BBC reports.
The trio have lived together for around three years before the ceremony and share bills and expenses as well as a joint bank account. They decided to 'marry' as a precaution in case of separation or a death of one or more of them.
The move has angered many, including religious groups. One lawyer described the union as "absurd and totally illegal".
However, the registrar who conducted the ceremony for the anonymous trio has defended her actions. Claudia do Nascimento Domingues claims the man and his "wives" should be entitled to the rights of a normal family, adding that no laws are in place to prevent such a union.
"For better or worse, it doesn't matter, but what we considered a family before isn't necessarily what we would consider a family today," she added.
But lawyer Regina Beatriz Tavares da Silva has described the move as "something completely unacceptable which goes against Brazilian values and morals".
Although Domingues allowed the union, it is so far unclear whether the courts will accept the arrangement.