SA’s ‘anti-gay’ marriage officers: Fierce debate looms as MP demands change | News24

Port Elizabeth – A private bill has been lodged by Congress of the People (COPE) Member of Parliament, Deidre Carter, that seeks to have the “right of refusal” of state employed marriage officers taken away. The Civil Union Amendment Bill, was lodged with the Office of the Speaker of the…

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WATCH: Australian lawmaker proposes to gay partner as Parliament debate resumes | News24

Canberra — An Australian lawmaker giving a speech on same-sex marriage proposed to his gay partner on Monday during Parliament’s debate on a bill that is expected to soon legalise marriage equality across the country. Tim Wilson, a 37-year-old lawmaker in the conservative coalition, was among the first lawmakers to…

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Egypt extends detention of man held over rainbow flag | News24

Cairo –  Egyptian state security prosecutors have extended the pre-trial detention of a young man arrested on charges of “promoting deviance” after fans waved rainbow flags at a rock concert last month.Lawyer Hoda Nasrallah says on Monday that the hearing for her client, Ahmed Alaa, took place a day earlier.…

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Bail granted to SA lawyer arrested in Tanzania for ‘promoting homosexuality’ | News24

Johannesburg – South African human rights lawyer Sibongile Ndashe and her 12 colleagues, who were arrested by Tanzanian authorities on October 17 for “promoting homosexuality”, have been released on bail, a colleague has confirmed. Senior lawyer and spokesperson at the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in South Africa (ISLA), Matilda Lasseko…

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