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I remember escorting him to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, then known as Embakasi airport," she says. "He asked me to take care of our only child then, Malik Abongo, who was six years old. I was pregnant with our second child — Rita Auma." After arriving in the US, however, her husband was to fall in love with another woman — Ann Dunham (Barack’s mother — who he later married. But in keeping with the Luo customs, Obama Senior sought her consent to take another wife, which she granted. Keziah says she was happy to have a co-wife, and her husband kept her updated. He informed her when Barack Obama Junior was born. She says that despite her husband marrying another woman in the US, she still loved him.
English Common Law placed harsh penalties on an illegitimate child, denying the child inheritance and property rights. Modern law has given the nonmarital child more rights but still differentiates between the marital and nonmarital status. In addition, a rising level of out-of-wedlock births in the United States has drawn the attention of politicians and policy makers.
Furthermore, if a man married a second time while still legally married to his first wife, a child born of the bigamous marriage was illegitimate.