John Alejandro Rodriguez, Victor Hugo Prada, and Manuel Jose Bermudez have made polyamory history.
The three gay men tied the knot in Medellin, Colombia, June 8. In doing so, they have become the country’s first “polyamorous family” with a legally recognized relationship.
“This establishes us as a family, a polyamorous family. It is the first time in Colombia that has been done,” Bermudez stated on Twitter.
The self-defined “polyamorous” relationship began as a pair, according to the magazine Semana. Bermudez and Rodriquez started dating in 2009, and the couple expanded their relationship when they met Alex Esneider Zabala in 2004 and Prada in 2012. Zabala died in 2015.
Rodriguez, 36, is a sports instructor. Bermudez is a journalist whose age is unknown. Prada, at 22, is an actor and the youngest in the relationship.
The marriage now gives the trio inheritance rights as well as formal recognition as a family.
“We wanted to validate our household ... and our rights, because we had no solid legal basis establishing us as a family,” Victor told LAFM, a local radio station.
Their marriage also helps break down the societal stigma against polyamorous love. "The strange thing is to say that you can only love one person," Bermudez told Semana.
Colombia legalized same-sex marriages in 2016.