way to go, South Africa! (once again)

from the BBC: SA court boosts gay inheritance

South Africa's highest court has ruled that gay people can inherit the property of their partners who die without a will.

The Constitutional Court said existing succession laws discriminated against same-sex couples.

The court said that whenever the word "spouse" was mentioned in the laws, the words "or partner in a same-sex life partnership" should be added.

South Africa's parliament last week legalised gay weddings.

The law is expected to come into effect on 1 December, making South Africa the first country in Africa to legalise same-sex unions.

Gay rights groups have welcomed the ruling on property rights.

The parliamentary vote on gay weddings followed a Constitutional Court ruling last year that same-sex couples should be allowed to get married.

The change was strongly opposed by some religious groups and traditional leaders.

South Africa has one of the world's most liberal constitutions - it was the first to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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