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South African AIDS Leader Marries

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San Diego, Calif. – Well-known South African AIDS activist Zackie Achmat and his activist boyfriend Dalli Weyers were married near Cape Town Jan. 5.


South Africa is one of six nations where same-sex couples have access to full marriage.

Hundreds of people attended the wedding, including Mayor Helen Zille. Gay High Court Judge Edwin Cameron conducted the ceremony, sporting eye glitter for the occasion.

The wedding cake was a chocolate brownie tower with a king and a cowboy on top.

Achmat, 45, is the founder and chairman of the Treatment Action Campaign, South Africa's leading AIDS-activist organization.

"We decided that the marriage statement as a same-sex couple was a profound one and we want the union to be seen as equal," Weyers told the Sunday Times before the wedding.

Same-sex marriage also is legal in Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States (Massachusetts only). Numerous nations (and eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia) offer civil unions or registered partnerships that grant same-sex couples some, most or all of the rights and obligations of matrimony.

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