Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and wish him a Happy Birthday. Mandela is chiefly known for his anti-apartheid activism and founding Umkhonto we Sizwe. His activism to fight British Colonialism landed him in prison for 27 years. Mandela had the wacky idea that the people of South Africa should have the right to govern themselves and to be represented in government without imperial interference.
After being released from prison, it was Mandela who was the chief architect for Democracy in South Africa. Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Mandela’s legacy was to work toward reconciliation for South Africa and to combat poverty and the inequitable distribution of power–a true hero for TSM. In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
TSM readers should know that South Africa has had full marriage equality since November of 2006. Mandela’s feelings about marriage equality for the LGBTQ community:
I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.
The Constitutional Court of South Africa clearly stated that:
banning same-sex marriages represented a harsh if oblique statement by the law that same-sex couples are outsiders, and that their need for affirmation and protection of their intimate relations as human beings is somehow less than that of heterosexual couples.
Wow! Talk about progressive and standing up for social justice. What an honor to celebrate such a hero as Nelson Mandela.