12th August 2017

Muslims for Marriage Equality group established

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,

Muslims For Marriage Equality has this week been established as a national group to build
support for the 'yes' campaign in the upcoming postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

The group will bring together a diverse cross-section of Muslims to advocate for equal
rights within the Muslim community and provide support to sex, gender, and sexually
diverse Muslims throughout the course of the campaign.

The founding of Muslims for Marriage Equality follows the endorsement of the 'yes'
campaign by Melbourne-based Imam Nur Warsame and the national advocacy group
Muslims for Progressive Values.

Group founder Fahad Ali is a community activist and former peer educator with the AIDS
Council of New South Wales.

“There is a diversity in belief and opinion on equal marriage within the Muslim community,”
said Mr Ali. “The notion that all Muslims are opposed to equal rights for same-sex couples
is absolutely incorrect. There is a strong thread of egalitarianism and social justice within
the Qur'an and we think that it is very applicable to the question of same-sex marriage.”

In addition to advocacy work, Muslims for Marriage Equality is offering temporary postal
addresses to anyone who cannot have their ballot paper sent to their home address for
safety reasons.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Fahad Ali