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On August 29, 2017, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood released a manifesto on human sexuality known as the "Nashville Statement".The statement was signed by 150 evangelical leaders, and includes 14 points of belief.Some bigamy statutes are broad enough to potentially encompass polyamorous relationships involving cohabitation, even if none of the participants claim marriage to more than one partner.In most countries, it is legal for three or more people to form and share a sexual relationship (subject sometimes to laws against homosexuality or adultery if two of the three are married).A person with polyamorous relationships may also engage in swinging and other open relationships.
In 1999, Zell-Ravenheart was asked by the editor of the OED to provide a definition of the term, and had provided it for the UK version as The practice, state or ability of having more than one sexual loving relationship at the same time, with the full knowledge and consent of all partners involved.Polyamory is a less specific term than polygamy, the practice or condition of having more than one spouse.No single definition of "polyamory" has universal acceptance, with the Oxford English Dictionary having widely divergent definitions for the word for the UK and US versions.With only minor exceptions no developed countries permit marriage among more than two people, nor do the majority of countries give legal protection (e.g., of rights relating to children) to non-married partners.
Individuals involved in polyamorous relationships are generally considered by the law to be no different from people who live together, or "date", under other circumstances.
At the 2014 General Assembly, two UUPA members moved to include the category of "family and relationship structures" in the UUA's nondiscrimination rule, along with other amendments; the package of proposed amendments was ratified by the GA delegates.