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'High Court ruling is a wonderful moment for LGBTI faith-based community'

8 March 2019 1:04 PM
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UKZN's Professor Charlene Van Der Walt says it is sad that same-sex couples had to turn to the courts for justice.

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.

Read: Marriage officers must tie the knot for same-sex couples in civil unions

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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8 March 2019 1:04 PM
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same-sex marriage

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