South Africa: A Partial Victory for Romance

Infamous sex laws will be repealed, but apartheid remains intact

For 36 years, policemen have hidden in trees, concealed themselves in the trunks of cars or peered through bedroom curtains in order to enforce South Africa's laws against interracial lovemaking. They have been instructed to confiscate dirty bed linen as legal evidence and to force suspects to undergo an examination by police doctors. Over the years, the government's so-called sex laws have resulted in the prosecution of as many as 20,000 people. The stigma of conviction has also led to suicides and the murders of lovers and children.

Such tragedies should now be a thing of the past. South Africa's government...

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