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A motion for Parliament to congratulate South Africa’s new Mr. Gay World winner, Francois Nel, has been blocked by the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+).
The ‘motion with notice’ was proposed by the Democratic Alliance (DA), the official opposition, on Tuesday and submitted to all parties in Parliament.
The motion congratulated Nel, who on Sunday became the second South African in a row to be crowned Mr. Gay World, and also noted that Johannesburg had been selected as the host for the 2012 pageant.
These kinds of motions are regularly issued by Parliament, as was the case in this week’s motion congratulating the South African cricket team’s success at the World Cup over the weekend.
According to DA MP Gareth Morgan, the ACDP and the FF+ were the only two parties to object to the Mr. Gay World motion, effectively blocking it from going to the floor.
“The ACDP said that they objected based on their religious views,” Morgan told Mambaonline.com. He expressed his disappointment at the blocking of the motion.
“The motion aimed to praise an outstanding young man who is an ambassador to South Africa and who, among other things, is expected to promote issues like equality and tolerance in society,” he said.
“I am exceptionally disappointed that the parties found reason to object to it. There should be no debate on equality. And there is nothing objectionable about equality.”
The two parties, and the ACDP in particular, have made their anti-gay sentiment clear in the past and are opposed to South Africa’s same-sex marriage rights.