The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security says it will comply with the Supreme Court's judgement on same-sex marriages.

In a statement, the Executive Director of the Ministry, Etienne Maritz, says the ministry acknowledges the independence of the courts and the finality of Supreme Court decisions.

Maritz says the ministry is currently engaged in consultations with relevant key stakeholders regarding any other legal implications that may arise from the judgement.

He says the ministry will address such implications once consultations are completed.

The Supreme Court judgement held that foreign nationals who are married to Namibians in same-sex marriages validly concluded outside Namibia should be treated as spouses.

It further ruled that the children of the parties to such same-sex marriages are dependent children.



Catherine Sasman