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Recently, Terisa decided to add Matt, a London transplant to Seattle, to the mix.
But they do believe in "ethical nonmonogamy," or engaging in loving, intimate relationships with more than one person—based upon the knowledge and consent of everyone involved.Terisa Greenan and her boyfriend, Matt, are enjoying a rare day of Seattle sun, sharing a beet carpaccio on the patio of a local restaurant.Matt holds Terisa's hand, as his 6-year-old son squeezes in between the couple to give Terisa a kiss.A filmmaker and actress, she is well-spoken, slender and attractive, with dark, shoulder-length hair, porcelain skin—and a powerful need for attention.Twelve years ago, she started dating Scott, a writer and classical-album merchant."There have always been some loud-mouthed ironclads talking about the labors of monogamy and multiple-partner relationships," says Ken Haslam, a retired anesthesiologist who curates a polyamory library at the Indiana University-based Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.
"But finally, with the Internet, the thing has really come about." With polyamorists' higher profile has come some growing pains.
They are polyamorous, to use the term of art applied to multiple-partner families like theirs, and they wouldn't want to live any other way.
Terisa, 41, is at the center of this particular polyamorous cluster.
His mother, Vera, looks over and smiles; she's there with her boyfriend, Larry.
Suddenly it starts to rain, and the group must move inside.
"This group is really rising up from the underground, emboldened by the success of the gay-marriage movement," says Glenn Stanton, the director of family studies for Focus on the Family, an evangelical Christian group.