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On the 2nd December 2006, a couple were married in the first legal gay marriage in a religious ceremony in South Africa, and on the continent of Africa. They were not the first gay couple to marry under the act, but the first to marry within a religious ceremony. The couple chose to remain anonymous.
After being issued with a letter by Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (South Africa's minister of home affairs), Pastor Janine Preesman of the Glorious Light Metropolitan Community Churches became the first religious marriage officer authorised to perform gay marriages under the act.
Together with Reverend Nokuthula Dhladhla, Pastor Preesman led the ceremony with at a church in South Africa's financial centre of Johannesburg. Reverend Dhladhla dismisses the insistence of traditionalists that homosexuality is un-African. "I am who God created me to be. I am an African, no matter who says what. We are not all the same. God created us to be different."