The Transition Endorses Lesbian and Gay Equality
(This is page 2 of an extended post. For page 1, see here)
Up to this point, Mandela remained imprisoned, and so not directly involved. However, from the moment of the unbanning of the ANC and other liberation movements on 2nd February 1990, even before his physical release, it was obvious to all that he was the undisputed leader of the ANC, and in effect a president in waiting. It can be safely assumed that when the ANC, partly from conviction and partly under pressure from the gay anti- apartheid movements ridiculed by Mompati as “red herrings”, included in its proposals for the constitutional convention, these had the explicit approval of Mandela. These proposals included an insistence that protection from discrimination should cover a wide range of discrimination types, among them sexual orientation (but sadly, not gender expression). Among the White political parties the Democratic Party, successor to the Progressive Party that I had worked for in numerous election campaigns, also supported lesbian and gay equality, and so LGBT protection was indeed built into the South African constitution.
English: The judges’ table in a courtroom of the Constitutional Court of South Africa at Constitution Hill, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH AFRICA Chapter 2 – Bill of Rights Equality 9:
(3) The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.
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