SAHRC to pursue case of same-sex couple refused at Cape Town wedding venue
A lesbian couple Sasha-Lee Heekes and Megan Watling have laid a case with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) after Cape Town venue Beloftebos Wedding Venue allegedly refused to hold their wedding there.
The owners of the venue say they rejected the couple's application based on their religious beliefs saying gay marriage dishonours God.
Clement Manyathela says this raises once again the issue of rights enshrined in the Constitution which does not allow anyone to be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race or gender orientation, disability or religion.
The SA Human Rights Commissioner Advocate Andre Gaum speaks to Clement Manyathela.
We believe one cannot on the basis of your religious beliefs trample on other rights especially the right to equality and human dignity on prohibited grounds - in this case, sexual orientation...Advocate Andre Gaum, Commissioner - SAHRC
He says the SAHRC had had a previous complaint of a gay couple at Belftebos some time ago which is about to be heard in court.
We are finalising our court papers to go to the Western Cape High Court sitting at the Equality Court to determine that matter.Advocate Andre Gaum, Commissioner - SAHRC
The Constitution prohibits such discrimination.
We believe Beloftebos is not acting constitutionally and we will take up this gay couple's case as well.Advocate Andre Gaum, Commissioner - SAHRC
For those who argue that they do not want to run a business counter to their religious beliefs, Guam says allowing for example, a gay couple to marry at their venue, it does not mean they are endorsing those differing beliefs.
They are not making that distinction.Advocate Andre Gaum, Commissioner - SAHRC
Listen to the interview below:
DA leadership hopeful Mbali Ntuli speaks to CapeTalk's Lester Kiewit about her campaign to secure the party's top position.Read More
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize talks to Refilwe Moloto about the various provinces' constraints as the Covid-19 pandemic spikes.Read More
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews columnist Tom Eaton about his new book, "Is it me, or is it getting hot in here?"Read More
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Kevin Lings, Chief Economist at Stanlib Asset Management.Read More
News24 editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson says groups like Afriforum and people like Helen Zille are "capitalising on white fears."Read More
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has found that John Hlophe has a case to answer regarding his alleged assault of a fellow judge.Read More
Bruce Whitfield talks to amaBhungane investigative journalist Dewald van Rensburg, who extensively interviewed Matodzi.Read More
Sadsawu's Myrtle Witbooi explains many domestic workers aren't UIF registered and the direct contact number is hard to access.Read More
A video of City of Cape Town officials dragging naked Bulelani Qholani from his shack in the Mpolweni site went viral.Read More
SIU's Kaizer Kganyago says cases involve price gouging and procurement process irregularities in the health sector.Read More