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"Coming Out" in Pennsylvania: The Impact of Gay Marriage Laws on the Muslims

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"Judge John E. Jones III, a federal judge in Pennsylvania on Tuesday declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

Pennsylvania is the last of the Northeast states with a ban on same-sex marriage, and if Tuesday’s ruling is not successfully challenged, it will become the 19th state to permit gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Judge Jones did not issue a stay, writing, “By virtue of this ruling, same-sex couples who seek to marry in Pennsylvania may do so, and already married same-sex couples will be recognized as such in the Commonwealth.”

Outside City Hall in Philadelphia, several hundred people gathered to celebrate the decision, waving rainbow flags and holding up placards reading “Love Wins.” At the Register of Wills office, which issues marriage licenses, same-sex couples started to arrive shortly after the decision was announced."

- http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/21/us/judge-strikes-down-pennsylvania-ban-on-gay-marriage.html?_r=0

- http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/05/20/Same-sex-couples-can-apply-for-a-marriage-license-in-Allegheny-County/stories/201405200196

- http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2014/05/20/Same-sex-marriage-ban-ruled-unconstitutional-in-Pennsylvania/stories/201405200185

 

Many Muslims in general - and in the state of Pennsylvania in particular - have expressed varying types of alarm and outrage upon hear the ruling handed down by the U.S. District Judge. The aim of this show is to analayze & discuss the reaction of the Muslim community and to talk about what this & other similar legislation around the country means for Muslims in this land.

Imam Na'eem Abdullah will be conducting this discussion

 

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