SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULES GAY COUPLES CAN INHERIT

The Constitutional Court of South Africa has preserved the right of unmarried permanent gay couples to inheritance.

The Court ruled here Wednesday that Eric Duplan was right to claim his deceased live-in partner's estate. The partner's brother, Rasmus Laubscher, took the case to the Constitutional Court after the High Court found against him.

The Court found that although the couple was unmarried, the law favoured the surviving partner.

Justice Boissie Mbha said: "The majority holds that same-sex permanent partners will continue to enjoy intestate rights under section 1, sub 1, of the Act... as per the Gory order, until the section is amended; it is not for this Court to proscribe protections it previously extended when there is no clear legislative indication the proscription is mandated."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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