Monday, February 16, 2009

South African National Party Will "Rehabilitate Gays"

Independent Online, a South African news provider is reporting that the revived National Party in South Africa will allow gay and lesbian members to serve, but that the government will help to "rehabilitate" them. The party is also advocating that the country stop performing same-sex marriages, which became legal in November 2006.

A NP representative said:

"The party is open to all. We don't approve (of homosexuality), but there is nothing we can do about people's lifestyle. We won't exclude them, we will rather rehabilitate them. We regard them as South Africans and we will still serve them," Sprague said.
Contact the National Party via the address and email below and let them know that science shows homosexuality is not a disease in need of treatment and that "reparative therapy" does not work and is dangerous. Also, tell them not to interfere with the constitution which guarantees marriage rights for same-sex couples.

P.O. Box 1344, Sea Point 8060
Fax: (+27) 086 627 7405


Herrad said...

Bloody hell rehabilitate?!!

Will for sure send the NP an email.
ps came via Dianne'as blog A Stellar Life

Unknown said...

I wouldn't worry to much they are a crackpot offshoot of the original party, they will never win enough votes to make any real difference, and also amending the constitution takes a majority that they will never have.
But yes bombard them with mail, this is a ridiculous idea and the need to be stopped in their tracks.
And there is no way that anybody will let them get away with it.

Queers United said...

Thank you both for taking action, it is unacceptable for a political party to make these statements, especially in post-apartheid South Africa.

Anonymous said...

I like how in Mike Judge's movie "Idiocracy" a show in which men are killed by this big machine in an amphitheater is called "Rehabilitation."

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