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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, December 3, 2005

South African Highest Court Rules For Gay Marriage

South Africa's highest court ruled in favor of gay marriage Thursday, a landmark decision that clears the way for the country to become the first to legalize same-sex unions on a continent where homosexuality remains largely taboo. The decision does not take immediate effect, however. The Constitutional Court, which decided it is unconstitutional to prohibit gays from marrying, gave Parliament a year to make the necessary legal changes. That disappointed gay rights activists. Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain are the only nations that now allow gay marriage nationwide. Source: Associated Press, For more information, please click here (last visited December 3, 2005, reo).

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