Kenya - The Marriage Act No. 4 of 2014
The Marriage Act No. 4 of 2014
- Country: Kenya
- Law status: Discriminatory law in force
- Law Type: Marriage, Divorce, Polygamy & Wife Obedience
Sections 2, 3 and 6 of Kenya’s Marriage Act No. 4 of 2014 allow a man to have more than one wife.
Section 2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—"polygamy" means the state or practice of a man having more than one wifesimultaneously.
Section 3. (1) Marriage is the voluntary union of a man and a woman whether in a monogamous or polygamous union and registered in accordance with this Act . . . (3) All marriages registered under this Act have the same legal status.
Section 6. (1) A marriage may be registered under this Act if it is celebrated . . . (c) in accordance with the customary rites relating to any of the communities in Kenya . . . (3) A marriage celebrated under customary law or Islamic law is presumed to be polygamous or potentially polygamous.
Article 27(1) of the Constitution of Kenya: Every person is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law.
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