The National Assembly has passed the Civil Union Amendment Bill with objections from the ACDP, NFP and the African Independent Congress.

It was introduced as a Private Members Bill by COPE MP Deidre Carter. This is the second time that an Private Members Bill by an opposition MP has been successfully passed.

The Civil Union Amendment Bill seeks to prohibit Home Affairs officials from refusing to conduct ceremonies for civil unions of same sex couples.

“Are there any objections for the bill to be read a second time?.”

ACDP’s Steve Swart responds: “Objection from the ACDP.”

Didiza: “Please note the objection of the ACDP.”

NFP’s Nhlanhla Khubisa responds: “Objection.”

Didiza: “Objection of the NFP is noted.”

AIC’s Lulama Ntshayisa: “Objection of the AIC.”

Didiza: “Objection of the AIC is noted. However the Bill has been agreed to. The Bill will be sent to the National Council of Provinces for Concurrence.”