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Gay Muslims Want to Marry the Islamic Way

by Heather Morris 18. May 2010 08:19

It's reported that some of Britain's gay Muslim couples are seeking to exploit traditional Islamic wedding to cement their relationships in the UK. The Islamic marriage contract - the "nikah", normally applied to a homosexual relationship, can also be applied to a homosexual relationship, providing it is ratified if not by an offical Iman, then by a person with sufficient knowledge of the Qur'an.

However mainstream traditional Islam is not inherently welcoming to gay relationships, let alone gay marriage, as homosexuality is explicitly outlawed in the religious scriptures. Some couples have conducted their marriage ceremonies in secret, to avoid offending or upsetting family and friends. Only a small minority of Islamic scholars would agree that a gay nikah has any weight and could be recognised.

Read the full report on the BBC here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12486003

In future bloggings we'll be exploring more of the relationship between gay couples and the religious backgrounds they come from.

 

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