SA Cabinet warned not to defy same-sex marriage law
Troy Espera | September 22, 2006
CAPE TOWN — The South African Cabinet has warned opponents of same-sex marriage legislation to be careful not to behave in a way that suggested they wanted to defy the decision of the Constitutional Court that extends rights to domestic partners.
According to South Africa�s Independent Online, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said Wenesday that the cabinet had "noted the discourse on the Civil Unions Bill".
"While every individual or group has the right to express their views, the cabinet emphasized the need for everyone to be reminded that the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act was unconstitutional," he said, Independent Online reports.
Maseko said parties should not express themselves in a way that suggested they wanted to defy the decision of the Constitutional Court.
He added that the cabinet had not discussed a proposal to change the constitution that was mooted by the African Christian Democratic Party, and that this was a question for parliament to first consider.
Maseko said the government was hopeful that parliament, which is holding public hearings on the matter, would resolve the issues in time to meet the November 30 deadline.
According to South Africa Press Association, when asked about the possibility of approaching the court to extend the deadline for a law on same-sex marriages, Maseko said the issue had not arisen.
The cabinet had noted many stakeholders had already made their views known and parliament was currently conducting public hearings on the bill.
"The hope is that by the time the deadline arrives, parliament would have found a way of resolving all the outstanding issues," Maseko said, reports SAPA.
Last Saturday, several thousand Christians marched in Cape Town to protest against the Civil Union Bill
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