Religion, same-sex marriage and the courts in the Rainbow Nation of South Africa

The Court of Appeal in South Africa recently handed down an interesting judgment on clergy employment. Mark Hill QC, Professor at the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, has kindly provided this guest post.

The question of clergy employment was recently considered by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in Preston v President of the Methodist Conference [2013] UKSC 29 and by its United States counterpart in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church v Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 132 S Ct 694 (2012). The South African Court of Appeal has recently had its say: on 29 September 2014 it handed down its judgment in Ecclesia de Lange v Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa [2014] ZASCA 151. Continue reading