From my observation, most people seem to be at least vaguely familiar with the idea of open relationships, but whenever I mention open marriages, they think that’s an abomination. They’ve heard of open relationships, usually within a more casual context, but do not understand why anyone would get married with the intent to be open. I do not know many people in open marriages, but I know that of poly marriages, only some began that way. People may open their relationship for a wide variety of reasons and motivations, any of which can be acceptable, with sufficient open communication. Couples may make the decision to open their relationship from the very beginning of the relationship anywhere to after 20 years of marriage! If nothing else, marriage provides tax and parental benefits for the couple. Many think the marriage vows are sacred and believe that the aspect of having outside relationships, even with full disclosure to the primary partner, are a breach of that sacred relationship. But if everything is consensual and honest, how is it not a life-long loving relationship? Cheating happens in somewhere around half of all marriages….if we assume that “cheating” is often inevitable, why don’t we at least be honest about it, and allow love to reign free?
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