Lindiwe Radebe and Bathini Dambuza are from Soweto, have been engaged for a year, and, hope to be among the first to take advantage of the Civil Unions Bill. "For some people marriage means nothing, it is just a piece of paper," says Radebe (right, short hair). "But, we want that symbolism of having a legally binding document of our love."
Another couple, Mpumi Mathabela and Asanda Mjobo, planned to tie the knot regardless of the decision. "Not necessarily in a year, but as soon as we're ready. Maybe in two years, maybe less," says Mpumi (right).
Mpumi is an activist and says both of their families are quite accepting, apparently major factors in their decisions. However, some African gays say they will not wed because there is too much homophobia within their churches and families. From the BBC: "The church does not recognise their union. And for many gay couples, the problem is that they want to be wed with the blessing of their church."
If a church blessing is that important and their congregation will never allow it—and many churches in South Africa will grant them—some couples will never take this step. That's the exact same frustration expressed by some black gays and lesbians in this country—even though we don't have their options.
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