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South Africa approves gay marriage!!

South Africa's high court approves gay marriage
Decision paves way for homosexual unions, a first for the continent

Updated: 8:46 a.m. ET Dec. 1, 2005
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - South Africa's highest court ruled Thursday it is unconstitutional to bar gay marriage, paving the way for this country to become the first in Africa to legalize homosexual unions.

Gay rights activists welcomed the ruling on a continent where homosexuality remains largely taboo.

In its ruling, the court gave the country's parliament a year to change the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.

"We were thinking we would be calling our friends today and inviting them to our wedding," said Fikile Vilakazi, of the Forum for the Empowerment of Women, who proposed to her partner more than six months ago. "Now they are asking us to wait another year."

South Africa recognized the rights of gay people in the constitution adopted after apartheid ended in 1994, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But married couples have numerous rights still denied gay couples, including the ability to make decisions on each other's behalf in medical emergencies, and inheritance rights if a partner dies without a will.

Marriage is defined in South Africa's common law and Marriage Act as a union between a man and a woman. The Constitutional Court has instructed Parliament to add the words "or spouse" to the definition within a year, or else the change will automatically be effected by the courts.

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Old 12-01-05, 12:53 PM
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I guess this makes up for all the raping of infants they have over there
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This must earth shatterinmg news over there.
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Ironic how quickly they moved from racial equality to sexual orientation equality.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
Ironic how quickly they moved from racial equality to sexual orientation equality.
Not a large leap.
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Originally Posted by digitalfreaknyc
Not a large leap.

Are you suggesting that racists and homophobes can be compared equally?
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Not a large leap.

From your perspective it isn't. From others' it is an enormous leap.

Regardless, I believe this is the 5th country to make this move. It is easily the fastest of the 5 btwn grants of racial equality and orientation equality - 15 years.
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Originally Posted by I.Flores
Are you suggesting that racists and homophobes can be compared equally?
Uhh...duh.

Of course.
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Originally Posted by I.Flores
Are you suggesting that racists and homophobes can be compared equally?
Of course they can. Both groups dislike people for ignorant reasons.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
Ironic how quickly they moved from racial equality to sexual orientation equality.
Well, there might be some white South Africans who would disagree with you.
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
Ironic how quickly they moved from racial equality to sexual orientation equality.
Just what I was thinking. From one of the more hardcore conservative nations on the planet to one of the more liberal thinking. And in such a short period of time. Interesting.
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I wonder how they feel about activist judges...
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Originally Posted by huzefa
I wonder how they feel about activist judges...

It was a 10-1 decision too.
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There's something about a banana dancing for gay rights that's just so.....appropriate.
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Originally Posted by I.Flores
Are you suggesting that racists and homophobes can be compared equally?
Yes.
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Originally Posted by I.Flores
Are you suggesting that racists and homophobes can be compared equally?
Actually, wouldnt racist = hate while homophobe = fear?

racist and gay basher would be a better comparison
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Originally Posted by digitalfreaknyc
There's something about a banana dancing for gay rights that's just so.....appropriate.
Agreed.
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Originally Posted by Tommy Ceez
Actually, wouldnt racist = hate while homophobe = fear?

Fear leads to anger...anger leads to hate...hate leads to suffering ...


So sayeth the little green one.
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Originally Posted by digitalfreaknyc
There's something about a banana dancing for gay rights that's just so.....appropriate.
Then allow me to add to the appropriateness:

... and in rainbow colors, too!
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Just felt like this thread could use another banana.
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Originally Posted by digitalfreaknyc
Fear leads to anger...anger leads to hate...hate leads to suffering ...


So sayeth the little green one.
(and although I'm sure it does talk, Tommy, i'm not talking about your dick)
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Originally Posted by Tommy Ceez
Actually, wouldnt racist = hate while homophobe = fear?
Huh? Fear of what, "catching the gay"?
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For me it is fear of color coordinating.


(shudder)
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
From your perspective it isn't. From others' it is an enormous leap.

Regardless, I believe this is the 5th country to make this move. It is easily the fastest of the 5 btwn grants of racial equality and orientation equality - 15 years.
Isn't this the first country where the move was forced by the judical system instead of by democratic decision making?
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