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SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTITUTION TAKES EFFECT

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Source: unknown; about 1996-DEC-11

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South Africa's Constitutional Court Dec. 4 authorized President Nelson Mandela to sign into law the nation's new constitution -- the only one in the world that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. Mandela signed it Dec. 10.

The justices dismissed objections by two political parties to the revised draft constitution adopted in October by the National Assembly and Senate. The objections were not related to the gay protections.

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