The South African government is studying the possibility of allowing women to have multiple husbands, a proposal that has caused quite a stir among the country’s conservatives.

The proposal to allow polyandry was included in a green paper – a government document that anyone interested can study and on which they can make suggestions.

As part of the push to strengthen marriage policy, the department consulted traditional leaders, as well as human rights activists and other groups, on key issues.

Human rights activists “asserted that equality requires that polyandry be legally recognized as a form of marriage.”

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