By Adv Nadene Badenhorst, Legal Counsel of FOR SA

Comments have been invited on the Civil Union Amendment Bill, which seeks to force State-employed marriage officers – potentially against their conscience and religious beliefs – to solemnize same-sex marriages.  (For more information, see http://forsa.org.za/comment-invited-on-the-civil-union-amendment-bill/)

FOR SA has prepared a pro forma submission to assist religious organisations and/or individuals who wish to object to the Bill, in doing so. (A copy of the Bill can be viewed at www.forsa.org.za/document-library, folder “Civil Union Amendment Bill”).  Below is a link to the Word document.

Download the Pro Forma Submission HERE.

The deadline for comments on the Bill, is 28 April 2018. Comments can be submitted to dcarter@copesa.org.za and cc’d to speaker@parliament.gov.za (Please feel free to bcc FOR SA into the email, at legal@forsa.org.za).

Nadene is an Advocate, and practised as a member of the Cape Bar for a number of years. She holds both a BA LLB degree from the University of Stellenbosch and a LLM degree in International Human Rights Law (cum laude) from the University of Essex. She currently serves as a Next Generation Board Member on the Advocates Africa Board, representing Southern Africa.

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