South Africa considers new marriage law that will allow women marry more than one man

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South Africa considers new marriage law that will allow women marry more than one man

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has proposed a new law that will allow women marry more than one husband, in the same way that polygamous men are allowed to marry more than one wife. 

 

The 67-page policy document also called Green Paper on Marriages, stated that the current marriage act does not promote equality.

 

The policy document highlighted that the current marriage legislation is discriminatory as it does not recognise Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Rastafarian marriages. The policy document also called for polyandry to be legally recognised as a form of marriage.

 

The Green Paper proposed three new marriage regimes to bring equality in marriage laws. One of these options is a gender-neutral marriage regime.

 

It read; 

 

“This would accommodate both polygyny and polyandry

“…Therefore all marriages, whether monogamous or polygamous, could be concluded regardless of the sex or sexual orientation of the person.”

 

South Africa’s Ministry of Home…



Source: Linda Ikeji