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Kenya’s Polygamy Problem
Slate ^ | May 5, 2014 | William Saletan

Posted on 05/06/2014 2:16:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Americans are accustomed to a marriage debate between traditionalists and egalitarians. The traditionalists say marriage is the union of a man and a woman. The egalitarians say all marriages, gay or straight, should be treated the same. The egalitarians also ground their view in pluralism, arguing that the law should respect different ways of life.

In other parts of the world, however, these ideas aren’t always at odds. Traditionalism, equality, and pluralism sometimes converge. But they don’t converge in the way Americans might expect. What they converge on is polygamy.

That’s what is now happening in Kenya. Last week President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Marriage Act 2014, which legalizes simultaneous marriages. According to Kenya’s presidential news agency, the new law stipulates that "marriage is the voluntary union of a man and a woman whether in a monogamous or polygamous union.”

Traditionalists are delighted with the new law. As Agence France-Presse explains, “polygamy is common among traditional communities in Kenya, as well as in the country's Muslim community, which accounts for up to a fifth of the population.” In approving the legislation, lawmakers also quoted the Bible, citing King Solomon’s marriages.

Many egalitarians also favored the bill. "We are happy with the law because finally all marriages are being treated equally," the director of Kenya’s Federation of Women Lawyers told CNN. "All marriages will be issued with marriage certificates, including customary marriages. Before this, customary marriages were treated as inferior with no marriage certificates. This opened up suffering for the women because they could not legally prove they were married to a particular man. "

Other women objected, particularly because the law doesn’t require a man to notify his first wife when acquiring a second. Some Christian leaders also opposed the bill. But Christian lawmakers helped pass it....

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TOPICS: Catholic; Evangelical Christian; Islam; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; islam; kenya; polygamy
Coming to your neighborhood?
1 posted on 05/06/2014 2:16:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, thought this was about Obama’s supposed daddy still being married to a Kenyan woman when SAD was “with child”.


2 posted on 05/06/2014 2:22:24 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From the pictures I’ve seen, why would a guy want one Kenyan woman, let alone two?


3 posted on 05/06/2014 2:26:41 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What do you get when you cross a drunken bigamist with a Communist slut?


4 posted on 05/06/2014 2:36:45 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Veggie Todd

You’re going to tell them you won’t marry them?

I’ll send you a few bucks for your funeral.


5 posted on 05/06/2014 2:41:29 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: BenLurkin
What do you get when you cross a drunken bigamist with a Communist slut?

Eight years of hell in America

6 posted on 05/06/2014 2:41:56 PM PDT by Marathoner (What are we waiting for? Where are the Articles of Impeachment?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I expect so. In some neighborhoods it’s already here.


7 posted on 05/06/2014 3:11:23 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
All serious Muslims are polygamists. AllahTM commands it.
8 posted on 05/06/2014 3:17:18 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: Veggie Todd

There are lovely women in every country.

9 posted on 05/06/2014 3:19:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Coming to your neighborhood?


The queers seem to be running this country and I doubt if they will let that happen.


10 posted on 05/06/2014 4:07:33 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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