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South Africa has finally legalized same-sex marriage! Victory! November 30, 2006 5:48 PM

Congratulations to our Bothers & Sisters in South Africa!!! JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa on Thursday legalised gay marriage, the first country to do so on a continent where homosexuality is widely taboo. "Acting President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has signed into law the Civil Union Act 2006," the presidency said in a statement, adding that the new law was effective immediately. The low-key signing of the new law reflected political sensitivities over gay marriage, which conservative and religious groups have declared immoral and out of step with African tradition. Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the bill in the absence of President Thabo Mbeki, who is on an official trip to Nigeria and thereby avoided putting his name to a law which has raised hackles even within his ruling African National Congress. Gay rights groups were elated with the step, which puts South Africa among only a handful of nations worldwide to recognise same-sex unions. Source: Reuters. Uk  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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