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Thursday, 24 August 2006

South African cabinet approves gay marriage

It's not law yet, of course. But the South African cabinet has given its blessing (Reuters article) to a bill allowing gay marriage. The bill must still be approved by South Africa's parliament, although no date has been fixed yet for that debate to happen. South Africa's high court, in a ruling issued last December, said that as same-sex unions must be allowed under the country's constution, Parliament had one year to amend the current definition of marriage, failing which the law would be changed automatically to permit same-sex unions.

Developments are awaited. Fingers crossed! Let's hope the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Canada can soon be joined by South Africa as one of the sadly few nations (as yet) which recognise same-sex marriage.

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