An Ohio man accepted his girlfriend’s claim to identify as polyamorous and allowed her to start an affair on their wedding day.
In an interview with the UK Daily Star, the woman, Karalyn Henry, 22, recounted the story. She said that before she married Justin last year, she revealed to him that she had secretly struggled for years with being polyamorous (the practice of intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the consent of all partners involved). To her surprise, she said, he immediately accepted her orientation.
“I brought my worries up with my now husband, and he nonchalant said, ‘Well you can just date a girl on the side. My mind was blown I didn’t even think that was a possibility to be honest. We gave it a go, though, and it just worked so perfectly that it stuck to us” she said.
She then went on to start an online relationship with a woman named Lana on the feminist-friendly Tumblr website, which she defended as very serious in a 2018 Facebook post. After a year and a half, Henry invited Lana, who lives in Northern Ireland, to be a bridesmaid at her wedding.
Her husband, Justin was apparently cool with it, as photos from the wedding reveal. “I remember all of us, a little drunk, arms locked, and just going in circles laughing and singing. I cherished every moment of that day, and while I’m sad it’s over, I will never forget it!” she said.
She went on to explain that, “It started out as a Poly V Triad; which means that Lana and I were dating, but not Justin and her. When Lana flew over for our wedding, though, they both developed crushes on each other, and started dating as well. That turned us into a regular Poly Triad.”
Henry said Justin, who is her childhood sweetheart, eventually ended up seeing sexual benefits from the expanded partnership, too.
Although some people think she is cheating on her husband, Henry said that her family and friends support her. She said that even her Christian mother who used to say there is no way that someone can love both genders has gotten on board after seeing that her daughter has “never been happier in a relationship before.”
Justin’s family also supports the bisexual relationship, which is still long-distance with Lana. “When Lana was over in the states, my family and my husband’s family fell in love with her. It’s all been overwhelmingly positiv” she said.