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Gay marriage in South Africa and Mexico City

November 15, 2006

I don’t know about you, but I find it really interesting that same-sex marriage laws have passed in the last week in both Mexico City – the capital of a nation that is more than 85% Catholic or Evangelical Christian and South Africa – a nation forever marked by the politics of apartheid despite being a very progressive nation today.

At this point it seems politically unthinkable for the U.S. to nationally recognize same-sex marriage…but give it a few years, and I predict we’ll get there.

The new laws passed by a very large margin in South Africa:

According to the BBC, the controversial Civil Union bill was passed by 230 votes to 41. South Africa’s parliament voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex weddings, making it the first African country to approve such unions.

And in Mexico City too:

Defying fierce opposition from Roman Catholic leaders and conservative groups, Mexico City lawmakers yesterday overwhelmingly approved a bill legalising same-sex civil unions in the Mexican capital. With a vote of 43-to-17, Mexico City became only the second Latin American city to authorize gay unions after Buenos Aires in 2002.

It’s a struggle that will prevail by degrees.



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  1. November 16, 2006 7:26 pm

    Sadly, I think Clinton is largely to blame for this. In his first election he promised to allow gays to serve in the military. After being elected he backed down after Colin Powell gave a press conference coming out against the idea. It set back gay rights by decades, and emboldened the anti-gay crowd to no end. People literally died because of this shameful decision on Clinton’s part imho. —Doug

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