Victory for same-sex couples after court rules against Dutch Reformed Church

Laurie Gaum at the high court in Pretoria in August, 2018. FILE PHOTO: Bongani Shilubane / African News Agency (ANA)

Laurie Gaum at the high court in Pretoria in August, 2018. FILE PHOTO: Bongani Shilubane / African News Agency (ANA)

Reverend Laurie Gaum says it’s a very good ‘test case’ which can pave the way for other denominations to follow suit.

The high court in Pretoria on Friday overturned a decision by the Dutch Reformed church to not recognise same-sex marriages.

Speaking on eNCA, Reverend Laurie Gaum, who along with several others brought the application, said this was an opportunity for the church to go back to the drawing board instead of launching an appeal.

Gaum said it was also a very good “test case” which could pave the way for other denominations to follow suit.

The church in 2015 gave the nod to individual congregations deciding whether same-sex marriages could be solemnised but did an about-turn a year later. It ruled same-sex unions would not be solemnised and that gay people can only become ministers if they are celibate.

– African News Agency

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