The following comes from a December 17 Mercator.net article by Carolyn Moynihan:
The mainstreaming of “gay marriage” has been accompanied by frank admissions that the majority of gay relationships are not monogamous but at best “monogamish”. Can “plural marriage” be far behind?
In America, surviving Mormon polygamists provide a (illegal) precedent. Polyamorists, who (so far) define themselves by “love” rather than marriage, have been arguing the merits of their lifestyle and their rights for some years now, and the movement will hold its fifth international conference at the University of California, Berkeley, in February.
According to a chatty mailout from Saturnia Regna to “polylegal” groups, the International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Nonmonogamy (official name) will focus on academic presentations, but there will also be presentations on:
* “dealing with jealousy, communication issues, relationship skills, STDs, and other practical issues.”
* Folklore/Mythology/Media studies, and another session devoted to historical/humanities studies as well.
Also, independent of the conference:
* an art exhibition on the theme of consensual nonmonogamy
* impromptu meetings (in previous years BAY Area poly, tantra, BDSM etc groups) potlucks, cuddle parties, and jealousy management classes…
And, not least, political training:
The political conclave and sessions related to poly-activism are all happening on Sunday (FEB 14). The Political session is being run as a distinct event through a separate website and has a separate registration fee, but it happens nearby on the same weekend. We are still recruiting presenters for this section, so if you have an interest in participating or assisting with the construction of this event, please do contact us ASAP.
All in all, it looks like a comprehensive effort to build a united movement with its own science, history, mythology and political programme.
The science will, no doubt, include studies on how well children are doing in households with more than two “parents”, where jealousy is always an issue, threatening the stability of the household and the security of the children. Perhaps it will also tell us the rates of STDs and complications among polyamorists, and rates of change in household composition.