Tuesday, November 30, 2004

South Africa

The South African Mail & Guardian reports that the South African Supreme Court of Appeal has just declared that same-sex marriages are to be recognized.

According to common law, marriage is the union of one man and one woman. This made it impossible for same-sex couples to be married to each other.

On Tuesday, Judge of Appeal Edwin Cameron said in his judgment that the definition of marriage should read: "Marriage is the union of two persons to the exclusion of all others for life."

I am not familiar with South African Common Law but I am familiar with out of control judges. What the Honorable Judge Cameron thinks the definition of marriage "should" be is not as relevant as what the definitions "is".

His royal highness, King Cameron thinks the law is wrong so he changed it.

At least he is more up front than the Massachusetts Supreme Court who simply redefined the word "marriage" in their decision. The law is the same, the words just have different meaning now.

We are fast becoming a nation of men not laws.


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