The judgment follows the same court's October 2005 ruling [judgment, PDF; JURIST report] that held existing South African marriage law unconstitutional because it did extend to same-sex relationships. The court at that time gave the South African parliament until December 1, 2006, to amend the law to legalize same-sex marriages. Last week the South African National Assembly passed [JURIST report] a vaguely-worded Civil Union Bill to do that. South Africa's upper house is expected to vote on the bill Monday, sending it on passage to President Thabo Mbeki. If parliament fails to act, gay marriages in South Africa will become legal by default. AP has more.
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