Cleric fights about-turn on same-sex marriage
REVEREND Laurie Gaum will challenge the Dutch Reformed Church in the Pretoria High Court after the church recanted on it’s 2015 decision to approve same-sex unions.
The church council reversed its decision a year later and denounced same-sex unions.
Gaum, with the support of his father Frits Gaum, are asking the court to overturn the church’s decision.
The matter is set to be heard on Tuesday when the court is to decide whether the church’s decision to reverse its approval is consistent with its constitution and that of South Africa’s.
Since the Civil Union Act came into being in November 2006, same-sex marriage has been legal in South Africa and in October 2015, a majority of the Dutch Reformed Church’s synod voted in favour of allowing homosexual ministers to join the church and recognised the statuses of civil unions between people of the same sex that are “characterised by love and fidelity”.
Gaum’s lawyers will argue that the decision-making process by the church had been “flawed” and that the synod had imposed its religious beliefs on others.
The church, in papers filed at court, said the 2016 decision was a “lawful, democratic decision, carefully debated over several days”.