The Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa voted in 2015 to permit those in same-sex relationships to serve as ministers. The synod also voted to permit same-sex unions to be blessed in Dutch Reformed churches. That decision was then appealed in 2016. Today (8 March 2019) the appeal was upheld as the church reverts back to the 2015 pro-LGBTQ decision. I’m sure the court’s ruling will be appealed as it seems to infringe of the DRC’s right to Freedom of Religion.
At present the DRC is experiencing huge turmoil as the issue of sexuality continues to be debated.1
Many of those who were pleased with the synod’s original decision to permit same-sex marriage equate discrimination towards those who practice homosexuality as essentially the same as the discrimination towards black people under Apartheid.
For them, the 2015 synod’s decision was a great moment of liberation to be celebrated.2