- President Cyril Ramaphosa recently passed the Civil Union Amendment Bill into law
- Although this is a step in the right direction for same-sex couples in South Africa, some people are not impressed
- Many Saffas believe it is a marriage officer's right to refuse to marry a homosexual couple
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President Cyril Ramaphosa passed the Civil Union Amendment Bill into South African law yesterday and Saffas have differing views. The new law is a step in the right direction in terms of same-sex marriages within the country.
Although there is a large backing for this new legislation, some South Africans are fully against it and believe that marriage officers should be able to refuse to marry homosexual couples, especially if it goes against their religion.
Twitter is abuzz after the news broke and those who are against the law are not getting away lightly.
Take a look at some of the responses from Saffa tweeps:
"The president has signed the Civil Union Amendment Bill, this is has been such a long process but we did it. Amazing news for the LGBTQI communities."
"So the rights of gays supersede those of marriage officers? And here I thought we are living in a democratic country."
"This does not infringe on anyone's rights. Marriage officers have a duty to conduct marriages, that's what they are paid for. They cannot be allowed room to discriminate."
"If they don't wanna do it they must resign and make space for people who actually want the jobs. Easy."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported about President Ramaphosa passing the new law to protect same-sex marriages. This new legislation prevents marriage officers from refusing to conduct same-sex marriages and prompts Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi to ensure every office has a marriage officer available to solemnise a civil union.
The Centre for Human Rights has applauded the passing of the bill by the National Council of Provinces. Spokesperson Thiruna Naidoo noted that the new bill overrides an old law that allowed marriage officers to inform the Home Affairs Minister that they objected to solemnising a civil union of this nature on the ground of conscience, religion or belief.
Naidoo said that this provision had long served as a challenge to the legal recognition of same-sex couples. The spokesperson lauded the bill as a positive step towards removing differentiation between traditional marriages and civil union partnerships and reducing discrimination, vital moves when it comes to achieving equality.
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