Pro-Gay Marriage Muslim State Legislator

Published on by Idriss Kane

He was interviewed today on NPR's "Tell Me More".




"In some ways Saqib Ali has had a normal life for a local politician. After earning his bachelors degree from the University of Maryland, he ran for political office in 2006. His victory won him a seat in the Maryland legislature. Now the Democratic delegate has come out in support of gay marriage, a position he announced publicly in an op-ed piece he wrote for a local Maryland publication, The Gazette.


So why are so many, including his family, surprised about his gay marriage stance?


Because Ali is Muslim (the first Muslim delegate in Maryland), and Islam strictly prohibits homosexuality. In fact, in many Muslim countries, " like Saudi Arabia where Ali went to high school " homosexuality is punishable by law. But Ali says his support of gay marriage is not a reflection of his faith or belief in Islam, but a decision he made a politician representing his constituents with and without faith backgrounds.


"If I tried to enforce religion by law " as in a theocracy " I would be doing a disservice to my both constituents and to my religion," Ali writes in his op/ed.


Though he knows his stance is controversial, he hopes critics will come to share his point of view to promote marriage equality.


"[Gay marriage] doesn't affect my marriage, it doesn't affect anybody else's marriage," Ali said. "It doesn't harm us in anyway."

Currently, same-sex marriage is illegal in Maryland.


Only in six states " Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine " can homosexual couples get married. The next opportunity for the Maryland legislature to pass a law legalizing gay marriage would be in the 2010 legislative session. But, because 2010 is an election year for the entire General Assembly, Ali says it is more likely the issue won't come to the table until 2011."


audio interview.

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