Dozens of European nations, including Ireland, France, Spain, and now Germany have finally legalized same-sex marriage. But this week, the United Kingdom celebrated a first in its same-sex wedding repertoire: a Muslim marriage between two men.
Sean Rogan and Jahed Choudhury met when Rogan found Choudhury crying on a bench and went over to comfort him. As a gay Muslim man, Choudhury had experienced bullying and harassment throughout his life from both his peers and the Muslim community, and was once banned from entering a mosque and physically attacked by other Muslim men. After attempts to change his sexual orientation by taking medication and going on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh, Choudhury tried to end his life. Then, Rogan came into the picture.
The couple was married this week in the registry office of the town of Walsall, England. Wearing traditional Bangladeshi attire, the couple tied the knot after two years of dating. "I want to say to all people going through the same thing that it's okay," said Choudhury. "We're going to show the whole world that you can be gay and Muslim."