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Pagan religious marriage officers soon !
Acct. ID: 186499
Notice ID: 15520
Posted: February 9th., 2008
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Proclaimed by: Damon Leff
Proclaimed from: Hoogekraal - southern Cape, South Africa
In February this year the Department of Home Affairs designated the South African Pagan Rights Alliance (SAPRA) as a religious institution that may solemnise marriages under the Civil Union Act (Act 17 of 2006) .
SAPRA is the first Pagan faith-based organisation to be granted this designation.
According to section 5 of the Civil Union Act:
5. (1) Any religious denomination or organisation may apply in writing to the Minister to be designated as a religious organisation that may solemnise marriages in terms of this Act.
(2) The Minister may designate such a religious denomination or organisation as a religious institution that may solemnise marriages under this Act.
Prior to the advent of a just equality and democratic government in South Africa, Paganism as a modern religion of the twentieth and twenty-first century was neither recognised nor acknowledge by the government of the apartheid regime. Consequently the adherents of Paganism in this country have suffered the prejudice of religious intolerance.
The Marriage Act (Act 25 of 1961) prohibited religious marriages conducted according to Pagan religious rites of custom and tradition by stating that religious marriages may only be conducted "according to Christian, Jewish or Mohammedan rites or the rites of any Indian religion".
The passage of the Civil Union Act in December 2006 finally offered hope to South African Pagans seeking to exercise their long awaited constitutionally protected and guaranteed right to equality of religion in letter and in spirit. By affording Pagans the privilege to be designated as religious marriage officers, the provisions of the Civil Union Act offers Pagans, as proud South Africans, the promise of embracing our faith and religious practices as equal citizens.
Since the passage of the Civil Union Act in December 2006 the South African Pagan Rights Alliance (SAPRA) has been attempting to lodge a formal application for the Alliance to be designated as a religious organisation.
SAPRA has submitted the names of thirteen Pagans wishing to become marriage officers in terms of the provisions of the Civil Union Act.
For more information contact SAPRA
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