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Gay marriage will ‘rob’ parents of their rights, say UK Muslim leaders

Gay marriage will ‘rob’ parents of their rights, say UK Muslim leaders

Muslim leaders representing tens of thousands worshippers in the UK have banded together against gay marriage.

In what British newspaper The Telegraph calls ‘an unprecedented intervention from the British Muslim community,’ over 500 imams have signed a letter to express ‘serious misgivings’ about Cameron’s gay marriage bill.

The leaders, residing in major metropolitan areas including London, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham to name a few, wrote in their letter:

‘Marriage is a sacred contract between a man and a woman that cannot be redefined.’

‘We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is the cornerstone of family life and the only institution within which to raise children.’

In the letter, leaders also expressed concern over the effect same-sex marriage could have on what is taught in schools.

‘Muslim parents will be robbed of their right to raise their children according to their beliefs, as gay relationships are taught as something normal to their primary-aged children.’

According to The Telegraph’s religious affairs reporter John Bingham, ‘this is the first time that Muslim leaders have made a collective intervention on [gay marriage]’.

‘The Muslim community will take this issue very, very seriously because now the government has interfered with family,’ said Imam Suliman Gani of Tooting Mosque in south London.

‘To us that is like taking children away from their mother: it will definitely have an effect on Mr. Cameron’s vote.’

British Prime Minister David Cameron is already facing significant opposition from leaders in the Catholic and Anglican Churches to do away with the gay marriage bill.

Cameron is even feeling the pressure from his own political party. Some party members are urging him to scrap the bill in order to appease disgruntled politicians and secure Conservative seats in next year’s elections.

Imam Suliman Gani, who has gone on television saying homosexuality is ‘unnatural’ said he ‘salutes’ leaders from other religions who have vocalized their opposition to same-sex marriage. He also said that Muslim leaders are now taking a stand because Christianity looked to be under ‘attack’. 

‘We celebrate diversity, we want to have a peaceful coexistence with all people but our main concern in the mosques is the way the government is changing the definition of marriage and what impact that will have on the children.’