Iranian Muslim women Sahar Mosleh and Maryam Iranfar married in Stockholm on 2 August during the city’s annual LGBTI pride festival – perhaps the first Iranian women to marry each other in a religious ceremony in the world, and the first in Sweden.
The couple married in a ceremony performed by Algerian born South African based Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed who was in Stockholm as the festival’s nominated Imam.
The wedding was filmed by Swedish television news and has made headlines as far a field as Afghanistan.
‘It’s very special because this is the first time that a couple of lesbians are getting married publicly in front of an imam,’ Zahed told a news reporter.
The wedding comes just days before the couple expect the birth of their first child together.
Sahar has a rare brittle bone condition which requires her to use an electric wheelchair so Maryam is carrying their child.
Had authorities back in Iran known of their relationship they could have faced lashing and ultimately the death penalty.
Thankfully the couple now live in Sweden where their marriage will be legally recognized.
Zahed became the first openly gay Muslim to be married by an imam when he wed his husband Qiyaam in Paris in 2012.
Watch a Swedish language news clip of the wedding below