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Shows the way for gays

Analysis: While Norway has become a slowdown in the gay fight, South Africa, Spain and Canada give gays the right to marry.


[progress]] 1. December 2006 becomes an anniversary in the history of equality: From then on, South Africa's gays have in practice equal rights as heterosexuals to marry.

Quite probably first as the fifth country in the world. But it became a new dimension when South Africa's parliament 14. November voted for gay marriage with 230 votes against only 41: An officially approved marriage is now defined as gender independent in the former apartheid state.

Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu, Bishop of the Anglican Church, has supported the fight for gays to have equal rights under the law. So did Nelson Mandela's ruling African National Congress (ANC), which after discussion stands together to support lay minorities. It is somewhat historical that the majority group that was suppressed under the white minority dictatorship up to 1994 now gives a sexual minority the same rights as the majority.

Many conservative groups in South Africa protested. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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