Friday, December 02, 2005

Good for South Africa's Supreme Court!

This was a pleasure to read on Google this morning! Perhaps some other countries will take the step now that there are 5 other nations who have seen the light!

South African court rules for same-sex marriage - The Boston Globe

South African court rules for same-sex marriage
Parliament given year to amend laws
By Craig Timberg, Washington Post December 2, 2005

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's highest court ruled yesterday that gays and lesbians have a right to marry, and it gave the national parliament one year to change the words ''husband" and ''wife" to ''spouse" in its marital laws.

Under the ruling, which was greeted with jubilation by gays and lesbians and frustration by some church leaders, South Africa will become the first African nation and the fifth in the world to extend full marital rights to same-sex couples.

''It was a great victory for human rights and gay and lesbian people," said Dawie Nel, director of OUT, an advocacy group based in Pretoria, speaking by phone. ...


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