Friday, December 02, 2005

Gimme Five

After the evil apartheid regime was overthrown in 1994, South Africa's new constitution banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This week, South Africa's highest court used that provision to declare that it is unconstitutional to prevent gay people from marrying.

The court's opinion gives the legislature one year to correct this violation. The decision was unanimous but for the separate opinion of Judge Kate O'Regan who argued that gay equality should be immediate -- not delayed. I think I like her best.

South Africa thus seems likely to join Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain as the fifth nation to recognize full equality for gay marriage.

Merry Christmas, one and all.

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