Christians protest against same sex marriages
By Tarryn Le Chat
18 September 2006
A group of Christians, who are against the Civil Unions Bill which only allows the ‘holy union’ between same sex couples, marched to Parliament on Saturday.
The Home affairs portfolio committee chairman Patrick Chauke, says he will not allow his religious beliefs to interfere with the way he and his committee deal with the draft legislation on gay marriages.
Protestors sang hymns, prayed and chanted “hallelujah” -- as Chauke addressed the crowd -- Chauke went on to say that some people thought politicians did not attend church.
When asked what church he belongs to, Chauke responded that it was his private business.
Opposed to the bill, African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Steve Swart, who was standing alongside Chauke, addressed the crowd saying, “The institution of marriage has been the cornerstone of civilised society for thousands of years.”
The Home Affairs portfolio committee was scheduled to begin countrywide public hearings on the bill with a meeting in Soweto tomorrow, but Chauke said yesterday that this might not happen as planned.