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'We are a family. Our union is the fruit of love'.
Three women have legally entered into a civil union in Brazil.
The women –a businesswoman, 32, a dentist, 32, and an administrative manager, 34– registered their relationship in Rio de Janeiro last week.
According to the Instituto Brasileiro de Direito de Família, this is the second formalized three-person civil union and the first three-person same-sex union.
The first was registered in Sao Paulo between a man and two women, and sparked controversy in the country.
The woman, who wish to remain anonymous, live together in a three-bedroom apartment but all sleep in the same bed.
‘We are a family. Our union is the fruit of love,’ the entrepreneur told O Globo newspaper.
‘I will become pregnant, and we are preparing for this, including financially. Legalization is a way for our child and ourselves not to be abandoned. We want to enjoy the rights of all, such as maternity leave.’