Same Sex Marriages

Open letter to the leaders of South Africa from Nancy Wilson, MCC Moderator

Metropolitan Community Churches
OFFICE OF THE MODERATOR
3293 Fruitville Road, #105
Sarasota, FL 34237 USA

October 4, 2006

Open letter to the leaders of South Africa:

The members and friends of Metropolitan Community Churches, a global Fellowship with churches in 28 countries, was delighted and proud of the government and people of South Africa, when your courts ruled as they did to allow marriage equality for lesbian and gay persons. 

 

Call to Action: Same Sex Marriages

This is just a quick update on the evolving actions around the proposed Civil Union Bill in Parliament.

Deadline for Submissions

Please note, the deadline for submissions to Parliament for the proposed Civil Union Bill is on Friday, 6 October 2006,  10h00. All submissions to the Civil Union Bill need to be received by Mr Rousseau Mankge (e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fax +27 21 4032808) by this deadline for considerations.

You can send a long explanation why you think Same Sex couples should receive the equal rights to heterosexuals or simply send a short note of support. If you wish to make an oral submission in Parliament on 16/17 October, you need to indicate this in your written submission.

Peaceful Demonstration

The Public Hearing on the Civil Union Bill for the Western Cape will be on Monday, 9 October between 9h00 and 15h00 at the Town Hall in Woodstock. Please note the change in venue!

Timeline for Civil Untion Bill

The current timeline for the proposed Civil Union Bill is as follows:

  • 6 October 2006
    10h00: Deadline for Submissions to Civil Union Bill to
    Mr. Rosseau Mankege, Home Affairs Portfolio Committee Secretary ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Fax +27 21 4032808) 
  • 9 October 2006
    09h00 - 15h00 Public Hearing Western Cape, Woodstock, Town Hall (new venue!)
  • 10/11 October 2006
    09h00 - 16h00 Consolidations of Public Hearings and Submissions (Parliament)
  • 16/17 October 2006
    09h00 - 16h00 Stakeholder Public Hearings on Civil Union Bill, Films & Publications A/B and Immigration A/B in Parliament
  • 18/19 October 2006
    09h00 - 16h00 Committee Deliberations and Finalisation of the Bills in Parliament
  • 20 October 2006
    09h00 - 13h00 Vote on the Bills in Parliament
     

Public Hearings of the Bill

Programme for Public Hearings and Deliverations on Home Affairs' Bills (Civil Union Bill, Films & Publications A/B and Immigration A/B)

Gays and lesbians now 'separate but equal'

Comment by Pierre de Vos


One of the most popular, and ridiculous, arguments put forward to justify apartheid, was that it provided "for separate but equal" opportunities and was therefore fair and just.

We know, of course, that this was never the case. Not only were opportunities and amenities unequal, but the policy was based on the assumption that black people were "inferior", "impure" or "dirty" and that segregation was necessary to "protect" whites from being "contaminated" by them.

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