Popular Wedding Venue seeks friendly resolution of same-sex marriage case

Michael Swain, Executive Director of FOR SA, released a statement relating to the owners of Beloftebos, the wedding venue that was taken to Court by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

FOR SA (Freedom of Religion South Africa) is a non-profit Christian organisation working to protect and promote religious freedom in South Africa.

“They declined to host and organise the celebration of a same-sex marriage, have written to the SAHRC in an attempt to amicably resolve this matter, which has been ongoing for over two years,” Swaim said in a statement.

“We live in a society where our Constitution encourages us to be united in our diversity,” said Swain. “The owners of Beloftebos have stated clearly and consistently that the issue has always been about their sincere and deeply held convictions on the sacrament of marriage. It has never been about the sexual orientation of any person and they have at every opportunity made it crystal clear that they fully respect and recognise the constitutional rights of the LGBTIQ+ community.”

In their proposal to the SAHRC, the owners of Beloftebos said that the SAHRC accept (without having to agree with them) that their intensely-held world view is that marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman. Furthermore, they stated that their views and beliefs regarding marriage are for considered and nuanced reasons which in turn are fundamental to their relationship with God, which relationship is central to all their activities,” according to Swaim.

In a letter that Beloftebos sent to the SAHRC, the owners of Beloftebos also noted that flowing from several years of on-going prayer and reflection, combined with the COVID-19 lockdown measures which have made weddings rare and very difficult to host, they have decided that it is time for a new season for them and their farm. 

As such, Beloftebos will no longer be available as a wedding venue to the general public, and the link on their website concerning weddings has been removed.

Bible Media reached out for comment to the owners of Beloftebos, which will be added to the article once received.

Click here to read the entire statement on the website of FOR SA.

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