Three women have legally entered into a civil union in Brazil, local media reports.
The women – a businesswoman, 32, a dentist, 32, and an administrative manager, 34 – registered their relationship in Rio de Janeiro last week.
According to the Instituto Brasileiro de Direito de Família, this is the second formalized three-person civil union and the first three-person same-sex union.
The first was registered in Sao Paulo between a man and two women, and sparked controversy in the Catholic-majority country.
The woman, who wish to remain anonymous, live together in a three-bedroom apartment but all sleep in the same bed.
‘We are a family. Our union is the fruit of love,’ the entrepreneur told O Globo newspaper.
‘I will become pregnant, and we are preparing for this, including financially. Legalization is a way for our child and ourselves not to be abandoned. We want to enjoy the rights of all, such as maternity leave.’
Brazil legalized civil unions in 2004 and gay marriage in 2013.