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A group of clerics in Pakistan has declared marriage between transgender individuals permissible in Islam, saying they have a right to be buried in Muslim ceremonies, according to a copy of a religious edict Reuters obtained on Monday.
Transgender people also have full rights under Islamic inheritance law, the Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat Pakistan, a little-known clerical body in the eastern city of Lahore, said in its fatwa.
“It is permissible for a transgender person with male indications on his body to marry a transgender person with female indications on her body,” said the document, signed by 50 clerics and issued on Sunday.
“Also, normal men and women can also marry such transgender people as have clear indications on their body.”
But it did not say what these indications were.
In 2012, Pakistan’s Supreme Court declared equal rights for transgender citizens, including the right to inherit property and assets, preceded a year earlier by the right to vote.
Pakistani marriage law remains murkier, however. It denies homosexual couples permission to marry, with male homosexuals having been charged under anti-sodomy laws in the past.
Sunday’s fatwa declared marriage with any individual possessing both male and female “indications” to be against Islamic principles.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: RainbowPhoenix
Well there is another facet to this. Because of the stigma against homosexuality over there, many people who are just gay are getting sex reassignment surgery so that they won't be persecuted against by the government. This now extends them the right to marry. Kind of a roundabout way to get that privilege and you have to sacrifice something that makes you a man, but we can always look at it as baby steps.
originally posted by: TheTory
a reply to: Krazysh0t
I guess as long as you have "female markings" and marry someone with "male markings", Allah will be nonethewiser.
Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat Pakistan - little-known clerical body in the eastern city of Lahore, said in its fatwa.
originally posted by: marg6043
a reply to: Krazysh0t
Oh, how progressive, that if, if the transgender individuals get to make it past childhood and adulthood, religious restriction, family scorns and honor killings from being different.
Now, what about Christianity? oh, yeah, always a good scapegoat issue when talking about Islam and Sharia ruled countries.