Egypt: Back-Door to Marriage Equality?

Written by scott on September 23rd, 2013

EgyptIslamists in Egypt are claiming that an amendment to the Constitution that would embrace religious tolerance would open the door to gay marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

Egyptian Islamist group Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya has accused Egyptian lawmakers of opening the door to same-sex marriage after they amended Article 3 of the country’s constitution to ensure non-Muslims could not be punished under sharia law. Article 3 states that the personal and religious affairs of non-Muslim Egyptians should be governed by their own religious communities’ standards, not by those of Islam. Article 3 previously only referenced Christians and Jews as being exempt from sharia law, but the amended article covers all non-Muslims, something that Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya have claimed will lead to same-sex couples being able to marry in Egypt.

I think the idea that Egypt is about to legalize marriage equality is about as likely as the sun rising in the west tomorrow morning. But you know how crazy right wing conservatives can be.

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1 Comments so far ↓

  1. John says:

    I think Egypt will be the first country to legalize same sex marriage in the middle east because Egypt did have same sex marriage before Alexander the Great of Persia and also before the Greeks had it.
    Politics shifts from generation to generation.

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