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14 Dec 2005

Well the fight is not over by far ...........

Here is an extract of "news just in" ............

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Gay marriage decision slammed
Traditional leaders have warned that homosexual couples risk being treated as pariahs in rural communities. Nelspruit - Traditional leaders have warned that homosexual couples risk being treated as pariahs in rural communities following last week's Constitutional Court ruling endorsing same-sex marriages.
The National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) members unanimously agreed during a three-day conference in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, that the ruling disappointed them.

"We are of the belief that, based on viewpoints of rural communities, this [ruling] will cause same-sex married couples to be ostracised, which is something that is not promoted by the institution and might lead to victimisation and violence," said NHTL spokesperson Sibusiso Nkosi.

"Traditional leaders have vowed to make it their mission for the coming fives years to campaign against this wicked, decadent and immoral western practice," he said.

Where do we stand and what are we going to do to change perceptions????

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Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert
Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert

01 Jan 0001

Hi Nikki, always good to hear from you so thanks for posting this. Don't feel too disheartened - we're seeing a concentrated spate of prejudice, bias and ignorance coming out of the woodwork but these attitudes and perceptions have been out there all along. Also, the more people and institutions expose their prejudice and ignorance, the easier it is to address. In theory anyway.

What is emerging is that clearly the gay community needs to be more outspoken. The gay organisations in South Africa do not have sufficient capacity to respond on all fronts, and we need to look to individuals and small groups of gay people (and our straight friends) all over the country to respond to prejudice and ignorance in their local press. This alone would make a huge difference.

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