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The surprising gay Muslim take on same-sex marriage
It's an exciting time for marriage equality campaigners all over the world now, including in the UK.
In May 2013, the House of Commons passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales with 366 votes in favor and 161 against. In June, the House of Lords backed equal marriage by rejecting an amendment aimed at wrecking the Bill by 390 votes to 148.
The Equalities Minister, Maria Miller, has now announced that the first same-sex weddings can take place from 29 March 2014.
We at Imaan, a British-based support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex Muslims, are often asked by other LGBTQI groups to support their equal marriage campaigns. Indeed, we are often reminded of how important the Muslim voice is, given the emerging religious dynamics around the campaign. Just what are these dynamics, though, and what exactly is our position in light of these dynamics?
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