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Defying life threats, Pakistani girls are the first Muslim gay couple to get married in UK

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  • May 27, 2013, 14:49 PM IST
Defying life threats, Pakistani girls are the first Muslim gay couple to get married in UK
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London: Two Pakistani girls have made history as the first Muslim lesbian couple to get married in UK. Earlier this month, Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29, took their vows at a registry office in Leeds.

 

After they tied the knot, the couple immediately applied for political asylum, claiming their lives would be in danger if they returned to their native country Pakistan. According to the relative of the couple in their native said that the women, who studied in Birmingham, had received death threats both in the UK and Pakistan.

              

During the wedding ceremony, the couple reportedly told the registrar the tale of their love story. They said that they had met three years ago while studying business and health care management at Birmingham, adding that they had been living together in South Yorkshire for about a year now.

 

A relative of one of the women said that the couple did not have an Islamic marriage ceremony, nikah, as they could not find an imam to conduct the ‘controversial’ ceremony.

 

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(With inputs from AFP)

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France is the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage, an issue that has divided opinion in many other nations too.

 

Tens of thousands of people protesting a new gay marriage law marched through Paris on Sunday under tight security as jittery authorities sought to avoid a repeat of recent street violence. Billed as a last-ditch show of force by opponents of the bill allowing same-sex marriage and adoption, which was voted into law on May 18 following months of bitter protests, people from across France converged on the capital.

 

Shouting slogans, blowing whistles and horns; protesters criss-crossed Paris in three separate processions and converged on the Invalides esplanade in the centre.

 

Police said some 150,000 people turned up to protest, a figure immediately contested by organisers of the demonstration who said one million opponents of the law had shown up, some on specially-chartered trains and buses.

 

Some 4,500 security forces were mobilised for Sunday's demonstration, which was far from finished early evening as thousands of protesters remained on the Invalides esplanade.

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