Saturday, September 24, 2016

Same-sex marriage in Tanzania

This is an article (from Marie Claire, of all places!) about a small region in Tanzania where, like many places in the world, women are generally marginalized and devalued, to the point where wives are treated much like property, and only men can inherit land.  The idiosyncrasy of this particular case though is that there is an odd loophole, in some respects made possible by this very marginalization of women, that allows one woman to "marry" another by paying bride price for her.  These heterosexual women then live together while maintaining romantic relationships with the men of their choice, and the male children of either woman will become the heirs of the "husband" of the same-sex marriage.

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