Template talk:Legal recognition of polygamy

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Rearrange nations?[edit]

The template looks a bit cluttered, shall we spice it up a bit?


The source for the polygamy in Mongolia article says, if I understand correctly, that some newspapers have discussed the topic, not that there is any serious debate (say, among politicians) about it. Mongolia's tabloids love to discuss all kind of strange stuff, but that does not warrant giving the impression Mongolia is about to introduce polygamy IMHO. That is, unless something more than references to unnamed (low-quality?) newspapers can be found. Yaan (talk) 13:08, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

I think you're right. I updated the map too. Zombieisland09 (talk) 19:38, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

Eritrean states[edit]

Does anyone who the Eritrean states or districts that are under Sharia? Marzisours (talk) 00:15, 27 April 2009 (UTC)

I'll look into it. Sallysue56 (talk) 03:45, 7 May 2009 (UTC)


Should Ethiopia be included under the "Polygamy" section in the template? Sallysue56 (talk) 03:45, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

No. Ethiopia does not recognize polygamy, and it is outlawed. Zombieisland09 (talk) 22:01, 8 May 2009 (UTC)

Lagos State (Nigeria)[edit]

I added Lagos State to the template under "debated — just a heads up. Zombieisland09 (talk) 22:01, 8 May 2009 (UTC)

Recognized under civil law[edit]

I like the recent additions to the template, though I changed "Recognized in law" to "Recognized under civil law" to more appropriately flow with the customary law section. Zombieisland09 (talk) 06:16, 10 May 2009 (UTC)

Recognition debated[edit]

Should the recognition debated section be renamed to other jurisdictions so we can include other articles with important info on polygamy such as with Thailand? Iluvfruit (talk) 17:36, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Zimbabwe & Equatorial Guinea[edit]

These two nations recognize polygamous unions under customary law. Iluvfruit (talk) 17:36, 31 May 2009 (UTC)


Has "Marriage Bill 2007" passed yet? Zombieisland09 (talk) 02:46, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

Never mind; it will soon be up for debate. I added Kenya under "Recognized under customary law," as it apparently slipped by. Zombieisland09 (talk) 21:01, 8 June 2009 (UTC)


I moved India from "Recognized under civil law" (with the noted restrictions) to "Recognized under customary law" (with noted restrictions), as according to The Special Marriage Act of 1954, civil marriage (while rarely carried out) is between two people. The Hindu Marriage Act makes polygamy illegal for Hindus, but exempts Muslims from this law. Such the act applies to customary marriages.

UPDATE: I recently did some more research, and the situation is still murky. The Hindu Marriage Act could possibly make civil polygamous marriage legal for Muslims, but I'm still not quite sure. I'm reverting for the time being, but I will continue to seek out more info. Zombieisland09 (talk) 21:12, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
I'd like to read a copy of the Hindu Marriage Act. The status is certainly murky, but there has got to be information out there somewhere. Based on the law, it sounds like polygamous unions/marriages gain some recognition from India, but is there a possibility that the practice could simply be legal for Muslims only but their unions don't get legal recognition? I'll look into it. Camillex555 (talk) 04:21, 4 July 2009 (UTC)
I created a section called recognition is under dispute to place India. Camillex555 (talk) 04:27, 4 July 2009 (UTC)
It looks awful, and is rather confusing. I'm moving it under Status in other jurisdictions. Iluvfruit (talk) 04:29, 4 July 2009 (UTC)

Both proposals are not adequate sollutions. I suggest reading up on the Hindu Marriage Act of 56 as Camille suggested, but until we find pressing evidence to suggest lack of recognition, India best stays under its current category. Sallysue56 (talk) 04:33, 4 July 2009 (UTC)

And once the status in India is discovered, I propose we investigate Sri Lanka as well. Sallysue56 (talk) 04:35, 4 July 2009 (UTC)

China and Hong Kong[edit]

Why is Chinese culture missing? The only person I know with two wives maintains one in Hong Kong and one in Toronto. Varlaam (talk) 17:21, 20 September 2010 (UTC)


The two types of legally recognised marriages in Malaysia are:

  1. Civil marriage; and
  2. Islamic marriage;

The civil or monogamous opposite sex marriage is being practiced by non-Muslims and non-natives in Malaysia under the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976. Non-Muslims continue to insist on strictly monogamy marital relationships as an essential of marriage.

Monogamy simply means marriage with one spouse at a time. Bigamy is a crime in Malaysia. If you are lawfully married under any law, religion or custom to one or more spouses, you are not allowed to contract a valid marriage with another person, whether your marriage is contracted within Malaysia or outside Malaysia. If you have contravened the above provision, you are deemed to have committed the offence of marrying again during the life-time of husband or wife, as the case may be, within the meaning of Section 494 of the Penal Code.

Whereas in Islamic marriage, polygamy is permitted with certain restrictions. Men can only marry up to four (4) wives at any one time; however, most men have only one. Muslim women are not not allowed to practise polyandry in which one woman has more than one husband at the same time.

Under Section 23 of the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984, a husband desiring polygamy must obtain the consent and views of the existing wife or wives and the permission from the Syariah Court to enter into a polygamous marriage, failing which he is deemed to have committed an offence under Section 123 of the Act.

Chapter 4 of the Qur'an specifically states that men who choose this route must be able to afford to take care of each of their wives properly, be fair and just to them and doing everything they can to spend equal amounts of time and money on each of them. Usually the wives have little or no contact with each other and lead separate lives, though sharing the same husband.

Please clarify this specifically to avoid the misconception.

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by DarkLegends (talkcontribs) 14:04, 28 December 2010 (UTC)