Such a bigamous marriage is a true marriage in the sight of God (the necessity being proved), but it is not a true marriage in the eye of public law and custom.
A bigamous marriage, by the ecclesiastical law of England, is simply void.
Thus Archbishop Chichele provided that no clerk married or bigamous (that is, having had two wives insuccession) should exercise spiritual jurisdiction (see Lyndwood, lib.
His children therefore were bastards, the offspring of a bigamous union.
Marriages between whites and negroes and bigamous marriages are void.
A marriage of first cousins or a bigamous marriage may be declared void.