African Gay Wedding [VIDEO] Two South African Men Marry in Traditional Zulu and Tswana Union, Gay Marriage POLL

By D.Z.Scott ( | Apr 09, 2013 04:13 PM EDT
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While Homosexuality is considered illegal in most African countries, gay couple Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol defied the stigma and was married in South African in a traditional African ceremony infused with their Zulu and Tswana traditions, according to The Advocate.

Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol celebrated their union infront of around 200 friends and family, who cheered on the couple, taking pictures, and even making a viral video.

South Africa became the first country in Africa, and the fifth in the world, to legalize same-sex marriages in 2006, according to the Wasington Post.

The Civil Union Act went into effect a day ahead of a Dec. 1 deadline set by the country's Constitutional Court, which required that the marriage law be changed to ensure equality for gay men and lesbians, Wasington Post reported.

However, gay marriage is still not accepted in any other country in Africa and is not accepted in most of the Eastern world

While South Africa made history with its strides towards evolving into a gay friendly nation, in 2011 The Nigerian senate has passed a bill banning same-sex marriages, defying a threat from Britain to withhold aid from nations violating gay rights, CNN reported.

Furthermore, the bill by Africa's most populous nation calls for a 14-year sentence for anyone convicted of homosexuality. Anyone who aids or "abets" same-sex unions faces 10 years in prison, according to CNN.

Other African countries also have strict laws on gay relations. In 2009, a Ugandan lawmaker introduced a proposal calling for execution of people convicted of homosexuality, according to CNN.

As for the United States, President Obama, announced his support of same-sex marriage prior to his second re-election. A hand full of states acknowledged same sex marriage, however; gay and lesbians couples are battling for the same Federal acknowledgement that straight couples are entitled too.

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