Queer Muslims married despite family protests


Laila Nur and Saba Taj tied the knot in North Carolina. Donald Trump’s inauguration inspired them to do it, they want to tell the new POTUS that he should not reject the rights of LGBT. “We decided to get those papers in order to be able to be there for each other in the future, in order to ensure that we could both be legally recognised as parents if we decide to become parents again. So that we can have more options for health care in case the Affordable Care Act is overturned,” Taj told Mic. “The reality of health care, reproductive rights and our civil rights being at risk really sunk in. Gay marriage has been legal in North Carolina for a very short time, and just like so many of us were caught off guard by Trump’s win, we didn’t want to be caught off guard again in case this right was stripped from us.”

“We got married in the courthouse of the city where we live, love, and resist,” Taj said. “There’s something really beautiful to me about simplicity, and this experience was simple and beautiful.” Her wife added: “America is facing the demons in the closet. The right-wing is unifying around their vision of a New Confederacy, what are we bringing to the table to fight that?”


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