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First in Africa: Gay marriage legalized.

As of yesterday Thursday 30th November, South Africa became the first country in Africa to offer the legal right of marriage to same sex couples. The legislation was approved in Thabo Mbeki’s absence, by deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

The talk radio stations are abuzz with heated debate on the subject. The black majority, hold mainly conservative views about homosexuality as too, do the relevant faith groups. However, as it played out, our constitution which is one of the most liberal in the world (quite a recent thing), was found to be at odds with the definition of marriage act of 1961.

South Africa and especially Cape Town have long been high on the list of gay destinations, placing a close third after San Francisco and Sydney, Australia. Gay travel companies will likely be rubbing they’re pink little hands together.

I am not sure if gay marriages of foreign nationals, will be performed (or indeed recognized at home), but imagine the global network of well heeled and impeccably groomed wedding guests!.