UK Muslims Slam "Discriminatory" Gay Marriage Law



A bill proposed by the UK government allows gay marriages, but explicitly forbids the Church of England and the Church in Wales from blessing same-sex couples. British Muslims have criticized the proposition, demanding a similar exception.

The specific naming of the two churches in the bill drew criticism from other religious factions opposed to same-sex marriage. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which has more than 500 affiliated mosques, charities and schools, said Tuesday it was "appalled" by the proposed legislation.

MCB secretary-general Farooq Murad said he was seeking an urgent meeting with UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller to express the level of intense opposition to the bill among Muslims. "No one in their right mind should accept such a discriminatory law," Murad said. "It should be amended to give exactly the same exemption to all the religions."


  1. Jeanette Exner
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    It's a lot of hysteria over nothing. Churches, synagogues, and mosques have never been forced to provide wedding ceremonies to anyone, least of all to anyone with whom they have theological disagreements. Mosques have never been compelled to cater to Jewish couples; churches have never been compelled to cater to Atheist couples. This is non-issue.

    Conversely, however, there ARE churches, synagogues, and mosques that ARE willing to provide ceremonies for Gay couples. They should be free to do so.

  2. Son of Adam
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Seems to me that this SS"M" bill is creating a lot of complications, all to please a wealthy and influential special interest group who think that they can invent their own civil rights. It's not worth it.

  3. Randy E King
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Equating what you do with who you are is the gateway to institutionalized tyranny.

  4. Quinn
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    would love to see gay people here in the U.S demand that they be married in a mosque if gay marriage is allowed in all 50 states.

  5. Posted December 27, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    "Prime Minister David Cameron said last week that he believed same-sex marriages should be allowed in churches"

    In other words, this is a liberal, not a conservative. Same problem as we have in the US. More than half of Republicans or "conservatives" are liberals, I would say. And perhaps the same for "religious" people, even though many pretend to be socially conservative and aren't.

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