Gay marriage bid rejected

Shaun Gillham

A GAY artist and his partner, a crane operator at the Port Elizabeth Harbour, are fuming after Home Affairs officials in the city refused to marry them.

It is the third time in as many years that Home Affairs officials in Port Elizabeth have refused to marry same-sex couples.

Kevin de Lange, 42, and Cobus Steyn, 43, of Cotswold Extension, had planned to tie the knot on June 24. De Lange said he visited the Home Affairs offices on Wednesday to make an appointment for the marriage.

But when the official realised his partner was a man, she “flatly refused” to marry them.

Beachview couple Leonard and Ruan Kriel de Andrade, aged 34 and 29 respectively, said yesterday they had been forced to marry privately last year because of similar issues with Home Affairs officials in the city.

And in 2011, Michael Cronje and Donovan Wynne were also met with a flat refusal by officials to marry them.

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