International: The Marrying Kind

The men of Kenya were worried: a new government bill threatened to restrict their right to marry as many wives as they could afford. Though polygamy would remain legal, according to legislation that was debated in Nairobi's Parliament last week, a man would be required to get permission from his first wife before marrying a second one. In addition, the new bill would make wife beating a crime.

Attorney General Charles Njonjo, who drafted the bill, is personally opposed to polygamy on the ground that it is "a luxury and too expensive." His compromise marriage law was designed to be more acceptable...

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