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The recognition of same-sex unions in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Heaton, J. De Ru, Henriet 2010-04-20T13:25:59Z 2010-04-20T13:25:59Z 2009-11
dc.identifier.citation De Ru, Henriet (2009) The recognition of same-sex unions in South Africa, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract With the abolition of apartheid and the introduction of a new constitutional dispensation, the state’s totalitarian exclusion of homosexuals from legal recognition was relegated to a past era. The constitutional commitment to human dignity and equality and the inclusion of sexual orientation as a prohibited ground of discrimination led to the recognition of same-sex life partnerships and, inevitably, same-sex marriage by means of a civil union regime. The object of this study is to investigate the scope of the legal consequences provided to same-sex couples by the Civil Union Act 17 of 2006 and to determine the legal standing of same-sex couples who fall outside the ambit of the Act. The study includes constitutional arguments pertaining to the continued recognition of same-sex life partnerships and a critical analysis of the constitutionality of the Civil Union Act as a separate measure to govern same-sex marriage. This investigation is conducted with reference to relevant legislation and case law. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource ([5], 162 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Sexual orientation en
dc.subject Human dignity en
dc.subject Equality en
dc.subject Permanent same-sex life partnership en
dc.subject Same-sex marriage en
dc.subject Constitution en
dc.subject Totalitarianism en
dc.subject Gay men en
dc.subject Lesbian women en
dc.subject.ddc 346.168068
dc.subject.lcsh Same-sex marriage -- Law and legislation -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Civil unions -- Law and legislation -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Gay couples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Sexual orientation -- South Africa
dc.title The recognition of same-sex unions in South Africa en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Private Law LL.M. (Private Law)

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