October 23 2006 at 10:31AM
'A disgrace to the nation and to God'Referring to the Civil Union Bill, he said it was being piloted in parliament because of 2005's Constitutional Court ruling recognising same-sex marriages.Zuma stressed that people had the right to express their views, but these should "not hurt or undermine other people in terms of their constitutional rights".
The ANC deputy president said his comments at a Heritage Day event had been misinterpreted, but that he had apologised unconditionally for hurting gay people. The Sowetan newspaper quoted him as saying at the time that same-sex marriages were "a disgrace to the nation and to God". Zuma was also reported as saying that "when I was growing up, an ungqingili (a gay) would not have stood in front of me. I would knock him out." Last week the National House of Traditional Leaders submitted its comments against the bill to parliament and called for an amendment to the constitution to protect the traditional form of marriage as a union between a woman and a man.
'They tend to create a situation of point-scoring'