Parliament Seeks Comment on Civil Union Amendment Bill

Parliament

Parliament has called for comment on the Civil Union Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament in May 2018.

The draft bill was first published for comment in Government Gazette 41475 in early March 2018.

The comment period for the bill was extended at the beginning of April 2018.

The private member’s bill, drawn up by Ms D Carter of COPE, seeks to repeal section 6 of the Civil Union Act.

The section allows a marriage officer to inform the home affairs minister that he or she objects on the ground of conscience, religion, and belief to solemnising a civil union between persons of the same sex.

Ms Carter holds the view that section 6 limits the rights of same-sex partners to enter into a civil union. The limitation cannot be justified in an open and democratic society.

The portfolio committee on home affairs seeks comment on the bill until 23 October 2018.

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