South Africa's ACDP seeks gay marriage amendment

September 12, 2006

Kenneth Meshoe
Cape Town — South Africa's African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has called on its supporters to oppose proposed legislation pertaining to same sex marriage by joining protest marches, while it intends to use parliamentary procedures to bring an amendment to the constitution recognising only marriages between men and women.

Party leader and Member of Parliament Kenneth Meshoe said on Monday that his party called on all Christians in South Africa "who believe in the traditional and biblical definition of marriage" to support a demonstration called by the interdenominational Marriage Alliance of South Africa – planned to take place in South Africa's major cities, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Polokwane, Durban, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth – on Saturday, September 16.

The ACDP believed that the best way to address concerns raised by the constitutional court's decision – in the Fourie case in 2005 – was not to amend the Marriage Act.

Instead, the ACDP's Steve Swart, MP, would table a constitutional amendment in Parliament "to protect the traditional view of marriage from legislature of judicial challenge by stating that marriage in section 39 of the constitution should read that: a marriage is a voluntary union of a man and a woman."

The conservative ChristianView Network's Philip Rosenthal has called on Christians to devote to two weeks "to pray for our government to stop same sex marriage" – from Monday 11 to September 24.

Meanwhile Meshoe said: "Those who want to continue with their sinful unions have a right to do so, but they should not interfere with the definition of marriage as it is known and accepted throughout the world."

Parliament is expected to process the Civil Union Bill before the December deadline imposed by the constitutional court. It found that the Marriage Act was unconstitutional because the wording allowed only for marriages between men and women. – Issued by www.inet.co.za, © all rights reserved

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