Senator Harry Reid issued a statement on marriage equality that balances his religious beliefs with his liberal principles.
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In researching another story about homophobia in Muslim communities, I came across this three-years-and-still-going thread about in-the-closet Muslim lesbians. It seems that a lot of “secret” Muslim lesbians are finding succor on this thread, so I thought I would pass it along. The descriptions of flourishing lesbian communities in some Muslim countries are also noteworthy. Some excerpts:
From Saudi Arabia:
Yes there are many Muslim Lesbians around. I am from Saudi Arabia, the worst country there is for Homosexual yet, I am telling you I have never faced any problems. Ok, I am not very “visible” but it is my choice for a variety of reason one of which is my style and fasion taste. But, dykes are every where. We have a famous shopping mall here in Riyadh with a floor for women only. That place is heaven! Just visit the place on weekends and you will be amazed at the number of “couples” strolling around, window shopping etc. There are a few lesbian spots on the floor as well.
How are you? I was born, raised a muslim and I practice Islam well… quite religiously. hehe..
I am out to most of my friends, and most of them are practicing muslims. and they cant be more supportive. Well, two or three have showed negative responds and those two/three were egyptians. But we Malaysians are really quite open about it. They treat me the same if not better.
These supportive friends of mine, they know and love me for who i am. Alhamdulillah, being gay does not change their perspectives on me. I even changed some of their mind about lesbians and homosexuals.
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The petition had been staunchly opposed by religious groups, particularly leaders of India’s Muslim and Christian communities who argued that all homosexual acts were “unnatural” and should therefore be banned.
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over at secular right my co-blogger john derbyshire wrote a post arguing against gay marriage on secular grounds. now, contrary to what some mentally ill people might imply (you know who you are) i personally support the right of homosexuals to marry. but i also think that we’re at a point in the united states where there isn’t a strong consensus in either direction, though the data suggest that over the long term those who oppose gay marriage are fighting a futile battle. i find it interesting that many of the comments imply those who oppose gay marriage are ipso facto bigots. in any case, these sorts of instances illustrate to me the validity of winnifred sullivan’s thesis in the impossibility of religious freedom, and the operational sham that is classical liberalism.
Lebanon enjoys a relative degree of sexual tolerance and freedom compared to the rest of the Middle East, but when two gay men were beaten up by police in broad daylight and nobody said or did anything to stop it, Beirut’s gays and lesbians decided to stand up. Last week, more than 200 gay and lesbian Lebanese gathered in peaceful protest of the police beating, as well as protesting Article 534 of the Penal Code, which condemns “unnatural sexual intercourse”, marking the first ever gay protest in the Arab world, according to organizers.