Applicants are same-sex life partners who were prevented from jointly adopting two children. Instead only one partner adopted the children and thus the other partner had no legally recognized rights in relation to the children. The Applicants subsequently brought a claim before the Pretoria High Court to challenge the constitutionality of Sections 17(a), 17(c), and 20(1) of the Child Care Act 74 of 1983 (“Child Care Act”), and Section 1(2) of the Guardianship Act 192 of 1993 (“Guardianship Act”), which limit the right to jointly adopt a child to only married couples. Applicants argued that the provisions violated Section 9(3) of the South African Constitution because they discriminated against the Applicants on the basis of sexual orientation. Following the withdrawal of the respondents from the case, the High Court ruled that the named provisions of the Child Care Act and the Guardianship Act violated constitutional rights of equality. The High Court thus ordered that these Sections be interpreted to include the right of same-sex partners to jointly adopt a child. The Applicants applied to the Constitutional Court to confirm the High Court’s judgment.