My name is Nerida and I am a PhD student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. I am intellectually curious about marriage as a technology of social control, governance and colonization in Western societies. My work is a critical exploration of marriage that interrogates compulsory monogamy and the economic and social privileging of the romantic dyad. Marriage has undergone significant change over the last twenty years, the most notable of which is the formal inclusion of same-sex couples. Underscoring this fundamental shift in jurisprudence, is an allegiance to the underlying principle of monogamy and the romantic and social ideal that true love is a numeric equation between two partners. My research explores how Canadian law has shifted dramatically to support the inclusion of same-sex couples, while adamantly excluding any reconfigurations of numeric possibilities that extend beyond the socially enshrined dyad.