Largest Muslim group opposes redefining marriage

Mar 20, 2012

The Muslim Council of Britain – the country’s largest Muslim group – has issued a statement in opposition to the Government’s plans to redefine marriage.

A senior Sikh and Jew have also expressed their support for keeping marriage unchanged. So too have the leaders of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church.

In a press release issued yesterday Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the MCB, said: “Whilst we remain opposed to all forms of discrimination – including homophobia – redefining the meaning of marriage is in our opinion unnecessary and unhelpful.

“With the advent of civil partnerships, both homosexual and heterosexual couples now have equal rights in the eyes of the law. Therefore, in our view the case to change the definition of marriage, as accepted throughout time and across cultures, is strikingly weak.”

“Like other Abrahamic faiths, marriage in Islam is defined as a union between a man and a woman. So while, the state has accommodated for gay couples, such unions will not be blessed as marriage by the Islamic institutions.”