Namibia recognises same-sex marriages concluded abroad with foreign spouse

Published: 16/May/2023
Source: Eye Witness News (Johannesburg) / AFP

WINDHOEK – Namibia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday recognised same-sex marriages contracted abroad between citizens and foreign spouses, a landmark ruling in a country where homosexuality is illegal.

The decision overturns a ruling reached last year by the High Court, which refused to accept same-sex marriages concluded outside Namibia.

Two Namibian nationals had sought recourse from the courts after the ministry of home affairs and immigration refused to grant permits to same-sex foreign spouses whom they had married outside the country.

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Themes: Discrimination, Gender, Naturalisation and Marriage
Regions: Namibia
Year: 2023