Same Sex Marriages

To Have and to Hold: the Making of Same-Sex Marriage in SA

To Have & to HoldOn 30 November 2006, South Africa became the world’s fifth country and Africa’s first to legalise marriage for same-sex couples. To Have & To Hold explores the journey to same-sex marriage with a collection of interviews, essays and documents recognising the multiplicity of viewpoints on the topic, as well as the multiple aspects and efforts that shaped the making of same-sex marriage in South Africa.

Civil Union Act is official

Same-sex couples can legally get married from 30 November 2006,  with the Civil Union Bill having been signed into law by deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

The Department of Home Affairs issued already regulations in terms of the act, which can be downloaded here.

The Joint Working Group compiled a info sheet on "How to get married under the Civil Union Act", which is available online in our resource section.

Joint Working Group Response to passing of Civil Union Act

The Joint Working Group, a national network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations, welcomes the historic step taken by Parliament to allow lesbian and gay people the choice to get married. Unlike earlier versions of the Civil Union Bill, the statute that has been passed no longer creates a separate category for lesbian and gay people exclusively but rather broadens the institution of marriage to include same-sex couples. In keeping with the transformation of our society from one based on unfair discrimination and exclusion to one based on equality and dignity for all, our elected representatives have signaled their strong commitment to ensuring that the values of our Constitution are made real for all people irrespective of their sexual orientation.


Civil Union Bill approved by Home Affairs Committee


Cape Town - The national assembly's home affairs committee adopted the controversial civil unions bill on Thursday, amid objections from opposition parties and disillusionment from gay and lesbian lobby groups.

Only ANC members of the committee voted in favour of the bill, with opposition parties either abstaining or voting against the legislation.

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Triangle Project Statement on Public Hearings of the Civil Union Bill

Following our participation in the public hearing regarding the Department of Home Affairs’ proposed Civil Union Bill in Cape Town on 9 October, Triangle Project is compelled to highlight our concern at the disregard for the dignity and esteem of the gay and lesbian community displayed during this process. This was the last of the public hearings following similar hearings in Soweto, Welkom, Umtata, Ulundi and Rustenburg.


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