African National Congress 50th National Conference
16 December 1997 to 20 December 1997
University of the North West, Mafeking, South Africa
Resolution on Discrimination on Sexual Orientation
The ANC’s support for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the equality clause of the Interim Constitution;
The retention of equality on the basis of sexual orientation in the final Constitution, as motivated and voted for by the ANC in the Constitutional Assembly;
The ANC’s long standing support of equality for all citizens, including lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgendered South Africans as contained in the policy guide: “Ready to Govern” of March 1993;
Government’s obligation in terms of the final Constitution to secure substantive equality for all citizens;
The ongoing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered South Africans.
That the extension of substantial equality to lesbian and gay South Africans is an important sign of the ANC’s consistent commitment to the ideals of equality, dignity and freedom;
That all persons should be treated equally under the law; and
That the ANC should develop and acknowledge its own lesbian and gay members.
Resolves that the ANC National Conference:
- expresses its solidarity with lesbian and gay comrades in their work for substantive equality for all;
- tasks its representatives in all levels of government to establish equality for lesbian and gay people in the following areas in particular:
Equal rights for all workers, including lesbian and gay workers in both the private and public sectors;
The recognition of same-sex relationships for worker benefits (e.g. housing, medical aid and bereavement leave).
The appropriate inclusion of the mental health needs of lesbian and gay people in all mental health programmes;
Addressing issues around lesbian and gay people in relation to HIV and AIDS and breast cancer for lesbian women.
Custody and access, maintenance, immigration and adoption rights for lesbian and gay persons and the recognition of lesbian and gay families;
Establishing the equal right to marry for people of the same sex.
The appropriate inclusion of lesbian and gay youth in all youth programmes, policy and law;
The protection of lesbian and gay youth from discrimination at home, at school, on the streets and in the media;
Equalizing the age of consent;
Running programmes to counter anti-gay prejudice and inclusive sexuality education programmes for all scholars.
Directs that lesbian and gay comrades should be included in the National Assembly list for the 1999 elections to ensure proper representation in the ANC.
Directs that all levels of the ANC should discuss with lesbian and gay comrades ways in which lesbian and gay equality can be promoted in the ANC.