Views Read Edit View history. Mexico's federal capital led the way in Latin America, authorising civil unions in and full marriages in The Constitutional Court has stated that the section must also be interpreted as prohibiting discrimination against transgender people. Gay couples can jointly adopt children. Germany has just joined the roughly 20 nations around the world who have legalised gay marriages. Publications Nov 20,
So, with the social challenges on the ground in South Africa and the social and legal challenges across the continent, what do we do?
Same-sex marriage in South Africa
They applied to the Constitutional Court for direct access, but this was denied on 31 July ; the court stated that the case raised complex issues of common and statutory law on which the SCA's views should first be heard. Same-sex marriage in South Africa. KZN homeowners advised to have 'safe rooms' after woman's brutal panga attack. The five-judge court ruled unanimously that the common-law definition of marriage was invalid because it unconstitutionally discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation, and that it should be extended to read "Marriage is the union of two persons to the exclusion of all others for life. The prohibited degrees of affinity and consanguinuity that apply under the Marriage Act also apply under the Civil Union Act ;  thus a person may not marry his or her direct ancestor or descendant, sibling, uncle or aunt, niece or nephew, or the ancestor or descendant of an ex-spouse. Retrieved 5 July