The Gauteng High Court on Friday overturned the Dutch Reformed Church's decision not to recognise same-sex marriages within the church.
Led by Judge Joseph Raulinga, the court overturned the decision that was made by the church during a meeting in 2016.
Head of Gender and Religion Studies at UKZN Professor Charlene Van Der Walt says this is a wonderful moment for same-sex couples.
It is a wonderful moment for the court to recognising the rights of LGBTI queer people of faith within faith communities.— Professor Charlene Van Der Walt, Head of Gender and Religion Studies - UKZN
It is also a sad day for people of faith having to turn to the courts for justice to be served.— Professor Charlene Van Der Walt, Head of Gender and Religion Studies - UKZN
She says even though the Constitution had allowed for same-sex couples to be married, there is a gap between the Constitution and people's lived realities.
What makes this ruling significant is that the gap between the constitutional position and that of faith-based communities has been lessened.— Professor Charlene Van Der Walt, Head of Gender and Religion Studies - UKZN
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