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Gay and lesbian relationships

In December 1999 the Constitutional Court ordered that gay and lesbian couples should be free to live together even if one of the partners was not a South African citizen. The Government had tried to argue that only married partners of South African citizens should have the right to live and work in South Africa.

The Court said this was against the Bill of Rights which stipulated that same-sex couples should enjoy the same rights under the law as heterosexual couples.

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