A Muslim from the West Midlands has proved to the world that you can be a gay and a Muslim by becoming the first Muslim to wed in a same-sex marriage in the UK.
Jahed Choudhury, 24, grew up feeling ostracized by the Muslim community because he was gay and was even sent on a religious pilgrimage to change his sexual orientation.
Mr. Choudhury told the press that he felt like the “black sheep” of his Bangladeshi Muslim family, being bullied at school, attacked by other Muslims and banned from his local mosque.
He also said that he attempted to change his sexual orientation and went on religious pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh but became suicidal and attempted to kill himself before meeting Mr. Rogan.
In 2015, following a lifetime of bullying, Mr. Choudhury was having suicidal thoughts while he was spotted crying on a town bench in Darlaston by Sean Rogan, 19. They started living together later in the same year and Mr. Choudhury proposed on his husband’s birthday last year.
However, Mr. Choudhury’s family sees same-sex marriage or a gay as a disease that can be cured while some others see it as a phase that will be outgrown and it’s quite embarrassing according to his family.
Further, on their wedding day, Mr. Choudhury’s mother, sister, older brother, and cousin witnessed the wedding, as did Mr. Rogan’s mother, two sisters and older brother.
Mr. Choudhury says he has post-traumatic stress disorder meaning he struggles to face people alone and can’t work. But now he has taken a significant step forward for both the Muslim and LGBT communities.
“My mom has always been so supportive. Without her, I would not be here today. It was lovely for both out families to be there. We get on really well. We’re going to have a big party in Darlaston afterward and go to Spain for a week on holiday.”
The ceremony was attended by both families and friends who were invited because the couple didn’t want a big wedding. but it was just perfect the way it was.
Mr. Rogan agreed to Mr. Choudhury’s request to wear traditional Bangladeshi wedding outfits and also Mr. Choudhury revealed that Mr. Rogan is considering converting to Islam, but that the couple would struggle to find a mosque.
More so, following the bill for same-sex marriage that was brought to the Scottish Parliament in 2013, equal marriage was later legalized in Scotland but remains illegal in Northern Ireland, where campaigners are demanding change amid concern over the alliance between the Government and Democratic Unionist Party.
The Muslim Council of Britain, which represents more than 500 organizations and mosques, was among the religious bodies including the Church of England opposing the legalization of same-sex marriage in England and Wales in 2013.