JURIST Supported by the University of Pittsburgh

Today in legal history...

Saturday, December 01, 2012

South Africa high court ruled that same-sex marriages must be recognized
Kimberly Bennett at 12:00 AM ET

On December 1, 2005, the South African Constitutional Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying, giving Parliament one year to amend the 1961 Marriage Act. To comply with the ruling, the South African legislature enacted the Civil Union Act [PDF], requiring that marriage law be changed to ensure equality for gays and lesbians, which became law before the one year deadline. South Africa was the first nation to recognize the rights of gay people in its constitution, drafted after the end of apartheid rule, and it became the first African nation to recognize same-sex marriages.

Flag of South Africa

Read an overview of Same-Sex Marriage in Features.

Link post | IM post | go to JURIST | © JURIST, 2012


 Egypt breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria and South Yemen
December 5, 2016

 21st Amendment ended Prohibition
December 5, 2016

 click for more...


Add This Day at Law to your RSS reader or personalized portal:
  • Add to Google
  • Add to My Yahoo!
  • Subscribe with Bloglines
  • Add to My AOL


Subscribe to This Day at Law alerts via R|mail. Enter your e-mail address below. After subscribing and being returned to this page, please check your e-mail for a confirmation message.
MyBlogAlerts also e-mails alerts of new This Day at Law entries. It's free and fast, but ad-based.


This Day at Law welcomes reader comments, tips, URLs, updates and corrections. E-mail us at archives@jurist.org