What is polyamory?

Polyamory is slightly different than polygyny and polyandry. The word polyamory literally means "many loves". The basic idea is that couples involved in polyamorous relationships have multiple relationships outside of one marriage with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. This is also commonly known as an open relationship.


Why polyamory?

Polyamory is a beautiful concept. Some couples are not willing or capable of having more than one spouse, whether by choice or by law (relative to where one lives). So, the next best choice for such a person or persons is to inform his/her wife/husband that they would like to explore relationships outside of the marriage. As long as the spouse is accepting and preferably supportive, the love can be spread! If a husband and wife need some time apart, they can simply spend some quality time with their boyfriend or girlfriend.

"Can you have more than one boyfriend or girlfriend outside your marriage?" Well of course! It is very important to remember, though, that you must respect the wishes of your spouse. If they do not agree with a polyamorous, nonmogomous relationship, then perhaps you two should sit down and have a talk about what is best for each other.

Remember, if you have any questions, our email is not_real@polygamy.org. Continue to explore our website and always remember to keep an open mind and an open heart!

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