The South African court of appeal has approved gay marriage by changing the definition of marriage to mean "the union of two persons to the exclusion of all
others for life" rather than being between a man and a woman. The ruling came about as a result of a case taken to court by a lesbian couple who wished to have their marriage legally recognised on the basis that not being
able to do so was unconstitutional given the SA Constitution makes
discrimination based on sexual identity illegal.
Churches and religious organisations have reacted negatively to the ruling calling it Judicial Tyranny .
The Christian View Network described the ruling as
"The decision undermines the status of the good moral institution of marriage,
by equating it with immoral homosexual relationships,"
The South Africa is now the second country in two months to rule in favour of gay and lesbian marriage which is now legal in Spain. It is interesting as two of the most homophobic countries approve gay and lesbian marriage whilst countries such as Britain, France and Germany are still pondering on which way to go. As for the US, the movement to prevent G&L marriages from being legalised is increasing in momentum and the re-election of Bush will boost the morale of the homophobes and religious zealots in their pursuit of marginalising the G&L population even further.