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Civil Union Bill extends rights further than gays and lesbians

By unknown | Nov 17, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

Constitutional law expert Karthy Govender applauded the latest version of the Civil Union Bill as one of the most far-reaching pieces of legislation on gay and lesbian rights in the world.

The legislation was passed in the national assembly this week .

Govender said: "During democracy about 800 racially-based laws have been changed.

"But it took pressure from the gay and lesbian community [who took cases to court] to make real the constitutional right to freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation."

Nonhlanhla Mkhize, director of the Durban Gay and Lesbian Centre, said: "Not many people understand that the bill also covers domestic partnerships."


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