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South Africa passes legislation to allow gay marriages

Published 15/11/2006

The South African parliament has passed landmark new legislation paving the way for gay marriage.

The move is unprecedented on a continent where homosexuality is taboo.

The ruling African National Congress has hailed the new bill for extending basic freedoms under the spirit of the country's first post-apartheid constitution.

However, traditionalists and religious leaders say they are saddened by the move and have warned that South Africa is "provoking God's anger".

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