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Submission by Focus on Family SA7 (to SALRC)

Submission by Focus on Family SA7 (to SALRC)

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19 December 2003

Mr W Henegan
The Secretary
South African Law Reform Commission
Private bag X 668
PRETORIA
0001

Dear Mr Henegan
It would be appreciated if the accompanying submission relating to Discussion Paper 104,
Project 118, DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS, could be placed before the Commission.
We agree to the commission quoting from or referring to comments made and acknowledge
that the Commission may have to release information contained in the representation.
Yours faithfully

Malcolm St Clair
Chief Executive Officer
Focus on the Family

PRESERVING MARRIAGE
A

AN APPEAL FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE
NATURAL DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE IN SOUTH
AFRICAN LAW

B

AN APPEAL NOT TO BESTOW LEGAL
RECOGNITION ON REGISTERED AND
UNREGISTERED PARTNERSHIPS

SUBMISSION REGARDING
DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS:
PROPOSED LEGISLATION

TABLE OF CONTENTS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.................................................................................................... . . . . . 3
A. RATIONALE: AN APPEAL FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE NATURAL
DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE ...................................................................................................1

Introduction....................................................................................................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Who is Focus on the Family Southern Africa?.................................................................................. 1 The definition of marriage and its recognition as a human right.................................................... 1 Answering arguments supporting legal recognition of homosexual unions.................................... 2 Do the majority of South Africans want legal recognition of homosexuality?............................... 3 Benefits of real marriage for bringing up children........................................................................... 3 Recommendation.................................................................................................................................. 5

B. AN APPEAL NOT TO PROVIDE LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR REGISTERED AND
UNREGISTERED DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS................................................................ . . . . 6

Alternative proposals of the SALRC for recognising cohabiting couples....................................... 6 The negative social impact of cohabitation........................................................................ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Recommendation.................................................................................................................................. 7

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The proposals of the Law Reform Commission

The South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) proposes in discussion paper 104 on 'Domestic partnerships' several alternative means to legally recognise homosexual relationships and cohabiting heterosexual couples. This submission is split into two parts, to address these two separate, but related issues:

A. Same-sex Relationships

The SALRC report proposes that same-sex relationships be acknowledged by the law. Recognition could be effected in one of the following ways: 'common-law marriage' or civil marriage, both of which alternatives will require an amendment of the Marriage Act of 1961, or civil unions. We appeal to the South African Law Commission to preserve the historical and natural definition of marriage and not to propose same-sex marriages.

B. Registered and Unregistered Partnerships

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