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Posted on Dec 4, 2006
South African Wedding
AP Photo / Ambrose Peters, Sunday Times

Tony Halls, left, and Vernon Gibbs kiss after being married in George, South Africa, on Friday.

Two game rangers in South Africa have become the continent’s first legally married same-sex couple.  South Africa’s constitution was the first in the world to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.


The Guardian:

Despite the new law, which gives same-sex couples the right to marry legally, many South Africans still oppose gay marriage and homosexuality. Conservative churches have vocally stated their opposition to the marriages, and many traditional groups denounce homosexuality as “un-African.” And gay men and lesbians often face violence in Soweto and other townships across South Africa.

Many members of parliament of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), have voiced their disapproval, but the bill was passed because [President Thabo] Mbeki and other party leaders pressed all members to vote in favour of the legislation.

The ANC said the party must support the country’s constitution, which was the first in the world to specifically prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. Many gays and lesbians had supported the struggle against apartheid.

In contrast, many African countries make homosexuality a crime carrying severe punishments. Even in South Africa, [Vernon] Gibbs and [Tony] Halls have had a difficult time. Their guest lodge, Arendehoogte, which means Eagle Heights in Afrikaans, was publicly vilified by the local Dutch Reformed church, which objected to the couple welcoming gay tourists. The lodge was vandalised five times.

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By Baky Right, February 8, 2007 at 4:46 am Link to this comment
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An abomination!

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By Broiler, December 5, 2006 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment
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Those are two “game” rangers!

Just shows to go ya, there’s someone for everyone.
Lighten up folks!

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By raul de leon garcia de paredes, December 5, 2006 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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im a gay man in panama and want to marry an african man with a big heart..

im lonley

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By Rick, December 5, 2006 at 10:10 am Link to this comment
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Again, other countries have to lead the way to reasoned equality.

And we’re (US) supposed to be living in a republic where government is NOT controlled by religion… yeah right.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, December 5, 2006 at 5:12 am Link to this comment
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This looks like a job for Mitt Romney.  He straightened out the ailing olympics, now he can set straight those sexually wayward Africans.  GAWD!, what’s this world comin’ to?

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