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posted Friday, May 19, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 20
'No reason' to ban same-sex marriage, liberal Muslim group says
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'No reason' to ban same-sex marriage, liberal Muslim group says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A German-based group of liberal Muslims says there is 'no reason' to ban same-sex marriage.

In a statement released May 16, to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), the Liberal Islamic Association said that other Muslims have it wrong when it comes to marriage.

'If you argue spirit and purpose of marriage is offspring, then marriage has to be banned for, for example, retired people or infertile heterosexual couples, too,' the group said.

'If you argue children need to grow up with both genders as parents, then single parenthood would need to be banned.

'Even today children are raised by homosexual couples. No study proves this endangers children.

'Children, mainly, need love, emotional security, and care - all of this can be provided (or rather, is already being provided) by homosexual parents.'

The Quran supports their views, they claim.

'The central verse in the Quran dealing with partnership and its general sense and use says: 'And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.' (30:21),' the group wrote.

'In the Arabic original the Quran does not talk of 'man and woman' but uses the word [azwaj], which means 'pair/parts of a pair/partner/spouse.'

According to their interpretation, the verse is worded so the people in question can be read as either male or female, because there is no definite gender attributed to them.

'The fathering of offspring is not named as the (primary) spirit and purpose of a partnership in the verse,' they explained, adding another Quranic verse to illustrate their point:

'Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one's] hope.'

The group says this proves that the basis for marriage in Islam is love, with both partners being seen as on the same level and aware of their responsibilities to each other, but not specifically limited by gender.

Therefore, the group says, Islamic marriages should not be defined by the partners' gender, as long as at least one of the spouses is a Muslim and they meet the requirements of love and equality.

German law, which allows same-sex domestic partnerships but not marriage, is flawed, they added. Under Islamic law, marriage is a private contract between two parties and the government does not intrude into it.

According to a Pew Religious Landscape Study done in 2016, Muslims living in the US show a higher level of support for same-sex marriage than evangelical Christians do.

Forty-two percent of American Muslims support marriage equality, the survey found, while 52% oppose it. For evangelicals, the numbers were only 28% in favor and 64% opposed.

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