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Professor Rik Torfs, Rector of the KU Leuven,
has the honour to invite you to the lecture

Marriages, Civil-Unions, Partnerships and Religions
in South Africa after 1996

by Professor Doctor Pieter Coertzen
former Dean of the Faculty of Theology
University of Stellenbosch

on Wednesday 7 May 2014 at 11 a.m.
in auditorium Wolfspoort (BETH 125-03)
Huize Betlehem
Schapenstraat 34, Leuven.

A reception will be offered in the entrance hall in Huize Belthelehem


A lecture about Marriage, Civil Unions, Partnerships and Religions in South Africa after 1996, in other words after the new Constitution came into effect. Before 1994/1996 only the marriage between one man and one woman was legally recognised in South Africa. Under the new Constitutional dispensation civil marriages, civil unions and African Traditional Marriages are recognised by law. It is apparently accepted that the Marriage law of the land portrays Christian values because while the marriages of other religions are discussed in legal handbooks there is no discussion of Christian marriage as such – this matter is discussed in this lecture as well as the tension that has come about between churches and proponents for the recognition of civil unions.


Chair: Hildegard Warnink

11.00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction, Professor Doctor Rik Torfs

11.15 a.m.

Lecture, Professor Doctor Pieter Coertzen

11.45 a.m.






Please confirm by preference your attendance before April 30, 2014
to or +32 16 32 52 48.

More information can be found on the faculty's website.

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