EFERio de Janeiro

Stable sexual relationships in which more than two people are involved, or "polylove" as its participants call it, is gradually gaining ground in Brazil by making use of a loophole in the laws of the country, where more and more unions of this kind are in evidence.

Though the number of such cases has grown in recent years and they seem increasingly normal, the legal registration of "polyamorous" partners continues to spark controversy, as did the wedding of two women and a man officiated by a notary public last April 1 in Rio de Janeiro.

In that case the brides and groom were Thais Souza, 21, Yasmin Nepomuceno, 21, and Leandro Sampaio, 33, whose stable union was made official under the law by being entered in the public registry by notary Fernanda Leitao after they had been in a relationship for 2 1/2 years, though there have also been such revolutionary cases as unions of three women and two men, and of three women, among others.

Since then Thais, Leandro and Yasmin have been the subject of various reports describing their relations, along with details about how they share their daily lives and sleep in the same bed.

Advocates of free love promote this kind of relationship on social media, a lifestyle that has gone global as can be seen on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram under the words "Polylove" or "Poly Love."

The three participants in this latest episode of Brazil's sexual revolution appeared before Leitao with the intention of "making their relationship public, establishing their matrimonial rights and being able in the future to file a joint income tax return, have a family healthcare plan" and even have children together, the notary told EFE.

The official weddings of Leandro, Yasmin and Thais, and the "polyamorous" union of three women over the weekend, performed for the first time in Brazil, "were only possible thanks to a loophole in the law that simply does not specify whether or not other forms of relationships constitute a stable union," the office of the notary said.