Gay marriages are ungodly and unAfrican
An extract from the Mail & Guardian editorial about tomorrow's Jo'burg Pride:
The right to be protected from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is, famously, established in our Constitution, and with it the right to equality before the law, which must, of course, include marriage.
That Constitution is the signal achievement of our negotiated revolution -- a revolution in which Zuma played no small part. Is it possible that he wanted the rest of the country to hear him, and to see in him a champion of the new conservatism?
Equally disturbing is that his remarks find an echo in the mainstream of government. The Constitutional Court has ordered Parliament to make legislative provision for same-sex marriages by the end of the year. This could easily have been achieved by inserting the words “or spouse” into the Marriages Act alongside the gender specific “husband” and “wife”. Instead MPs are considering the Civil Unions Bill, which seeks to carve out a separate legal regime for same-sex partners in the interests of “social cohesion”. This is sexual orientation apartheid.
Why is a government that has stood firm on the death penalty and abortion rights now on the run from religious and cultural conservatives? Is the ANC, mindful of the deep unhappiness within its ranks over its stance on these issues, unwilling to risk a principled stance when divisions run so deep and the stakes are so high?
The Constitution is not to be held to ransom by the brutal politics of the moment. Saturday’s marchers march for all of us.
Thankfully, the ANC Youth League, Cosatu and the SACP, staunch Zuma supporters during his corruption and rape trials, have distanced themselves from his latest remarks.