By Terry Vanderheyden

CAPE TOWN, December 1, 2005 ( – South Africa’s highest court has ruled to allow same-sex “marriage.”

The country’s Constitutional Court has ordered parliament to amend the law within one year, mandating a change to the wording of the marriage law from the “union between a man and a woman” to the “union between two persons.”

“The common law definition of marriage is declared to be inconsistent with the constitution and invalid to the extent that it does not permit same-sex couples to enjoy the status and benefits it accords heterosexual couples,” claimed Justice Albie Sachs, according to the AFP.

The case came to the Supreme Court after a lesbian couple, Marie Fourie and Cecilia Bonthuys, who were told by the Supreme Court of Appeal last November that they could “marry”, were later denied a license by the Department of Home Affairs.

One reader, in a forum responding to BBC coverage, condemned the move. “Same-sex marriages are not only un-African, they are inhuman and should be outlawed in every society,” Zambian Jack Zimba wrote. “The South African judges have thrown their country to the dogs and God will judge them harshly.”

Meanwhile, the Tasmania state legislature has voted against allowing same-sex “marriage.” The Government and Liberals opposed a move by the Green party Wednesday. Attorney-General Judy Jackson argued that the state lacks the constitutional power to amend marriage laws.



Commenting Guidelines

LifeSiteNews welcomes thoughtful, respectful comments that add useful information or insights. Demeaning, hostile or propagandistic comments, and streams not related to the storyline, will be removed.

LSN commenting is not for frequent personal blogging, on-going debates or theological or other disputes between commenters.

Multiple comments from one person under a story are discouraged (suggested maximum of three). Capitalized sentences or comments will be removed (Internet shouting).

LifeSiteNews gives priority to pro-life, pro-family commenters and reserves the right to edit or remove comments.

Comments under LifeSiteNews stories do not necessarily represent the views of LifeSiteNews.