By Rex Wockner International News
high court ruled June 25 that gay couples have the same rights as
Judge Harold Levy's decision came in the case of German lesbian Liz
Frank who was fighting to stay in Namibia with her Namibian lover,
"Not only is this relationship recognized, but the [government] should
have taken it into account," Levy ruled. "I have no hesitation in saying
that the long-term relationship between the applicants in so far as it
is a universal partnership, is recognized by law."
The ruling is seen as a major victory for the nation's nascent
gay-rights movement, which has been aggressively denounced by government
officials and President Sam Nujoma.
n May, Deputy Home Affairs
Minister Jeremiah Nambinga said: "Homosexuality is evil,
homosexuality is anti-social and should not only be condemned
but should also be legislated against. Homosexuals are patients
of psychological and biological deviations."
Last November, Home Affairs Minister Jerry Ekandjo told
parliament: "Gay rights can never qualify as human rights. ...
They should be classified as human wrongs which must rank as sin
against society and God. I earnestly call upon homosexuals in
Namibia to repent their wrongs."
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