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Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert
Hi again St-ryker and thanks for posting this.
The approved Bill is a huge step for us - we will indeed be able to be be married. The only hassle with the new Bill is clause 6, which states : "A marriage officer.... may in writing inform the Minister that he or she objects on the grounds of conscience, religion and belief to solemnising a civil union between persons of the same sex, whereupon that marriage officer shall not be compelled to solemnise such civil union." I have a problem with a state official, paid by taxpayers to serve us, being able to refuse to carry out his or her duties.... this allows for ongoing prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. It will be interesting to see whether the Constitutional Court accepts this clause.
Note that the new Civil Unions Bill does not only cater for same-sex relationships - straight couples can also opt to be married according to this Bill, which is very a positive step.
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