Well, they went and done it. South Africa, formerly the land of apartheid is the next country to take a giant step ahead of the land of the (almost) free and the (not so often) brave as the parliament approves legislation recognizing same-sex marriage. No surprise, given that South Africa's post-apartheid constitution was the first to include language barring discrimination based on sexual orientation. The first. in the constitution. That doesn't mean South African gays don't face violence and murder. My guess is that it's due in no small part to the religion that colonialism brought to Africa, which makes me think Elton John might be on to something. After all, wouldn't South African gays be better off without it?