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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Kenyan President Signs into Law Controversial Marriage Bill Legalising Polygamy

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the controversial Marriage Bill 2014. The bill makes marrying more that one wife legal in Kenya. The Marriage Act 2014 defines various types of marriages including monogamous, polygamous, customary, Christian, Islamic and Hindu marriages.

According to the Act, marriage is the voluntary union of a man and a woman whether in a monogamous or polygamous union registered under the Act. It states that parties to a marriage have equal rights and obligations at the time of marriage, during the marriage and at the dissolution of the marriage. All marriages registered under the Act have the same legal status.

Female Kenyan MPs had walked out of parliament in disgust last month after their male counterparts voted through the amendment. They argued that a decision to take on another wife would affect the whole family, including the financial position of other spouses. The bill was also opposed by Christian leaders who urged the President not to sign it into law, saying it undermined Christian principles of marriage and family.

1 comment:

  1. President Kenyatta and the MPs are realists.