Bil Browning

Muslim state lawmaker supports gay marriage

Filed By Bil Browning | July 31, 2009 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Maryland, Muslims, same-sex marriage, Saqib Ali

A Muslim Maryland state legislator voiced his support of same-sex marriage in a local newspaper.

My stance on this issue isn't politically expedient. I am the first Muslim in the legislature. Homosexuality is strictly forbidden in Islam. As such I have evinced much grief from my most conservative supporters.

But I recognize that I represent people of all faiths and no faith at all. If I tried to enforce religion by law -- as in a theocracy -- I would be doing a disservice to my both constituents and to my religion.

My own Congressman, Andre Carson (D-IN), is also Muslim. He is a co-sponsor of ENDA and also supports marriage equality. Kinda sets some of those prejudices a lot of people have about Muslims back a notch, doesn't it?

Anyone know any Mormon politicians who supports our marriage rights?

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That is interesting, but it's worth noting that if this were Europe or the Muslim world proper, most Muslims would be less likely to be so friendly to us. Still, it's commendable that these people are fair-minded enough to distinguish between the dictates of their faith and the overall public good, rather than conflating the two.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | July 31, 2009 7:04 PM

"Still, it's commendable that these people are fair-minded enough to distinguish between the dictates of their faith and the overall public good, rather than conflating the two. "

No doubt you when you mentioned conflating you were referring to bigots like Obama, Biden, Hillary Clinton, Palin and McCain. One and all they share the same pigheaded opposition to same sex marriage because of they're christian cultists and to pander to other bigots like themselves.

LDS member and Senate majority leader Harry Reid gets a lot of crap from conservatives for being pro gay, but he's not exactly a fierce advocate for marriage these days either.

Also note Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress (he slipped in ahead of Rep. Carson by two years). Here's an absolutely stunning defense of same-sex marriage Ellison gave in the MInnesota state house the year before he was elected to the U.S. Congress.

I'm queer, trans, and raised Muslim, and really Muslims in this country and in the world have as much variation within them politically and otherwise as other religions do. Percentages vary of course, but there are LGBT Muslims and allies. Some Muslims are strict and homophobic haters, some aren't. It just happens that there are multiple countries where the strict homophobic Muslims are dictatorial or otherwise in charge.

I'm out to the entire Muslim side of my family with no hating at all.

Kudos to Saqib Ali and Andre Carson. It'd be nice to see if Keith Ellison could get on board too.

Andrew W. Matheson | August 1, 2009 5:01 PM

Hi All, August 1st, 09, 14:35 Hrs. M.D.T.

Re Muslim Suports Gay Marriage etc. I Find
It Most Interesting. WHile I Don't Live in the
States I Give the Gentlemen Credit for Having
the Honesty/Credability to Stand Up and Freely
Speak His Mind on the Issue. Not Something You
See in the Muslim Commiunity or the Christian
Right Wing Either. He Doesn't Have to Agree With
the Gay Communiy Either, But By Being Honest and
Truthfull on Issues Regardless of How
Contreversial They May B, Says More Then Any Two
Faced Politician Will and There Are Los of Them
Out There. Nice in Your Face But Totally
I'm A GAY MORMON Who Lives in Canada,
Calgary. Yes I Support "Gay/Same Sex Marriage"
Because I'd Like to Perhaps Some Day Marry The
Guy I've Been Living With. (22 Years +) Also
Gay/Same Sex Marriage is LEGAL in Canada so If U
Can't Get Married in Your Home State, Come Up to
Canada Any Time With Your Partner. I'm Quite
Sure There is a Place/Location for You/Your
Partner to Quietly Enjoy the Prevelage of
Getting Married. Your More Then Welcome Any