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Transgender community cautiously welcomes marriage fatwa

A religious decree declaring transgender marriage to be legal has been cautiously welcomed in Pakistan, but activists say attitudes still need to change. The decree,…

A religious decree declaring transgender marriage to be legal has been cautiously welcomed in Pakistan, but activists say attitudes still need to change.
The decree, or fatwa, was passed on Sunday by a group of clerics.
It said that according to Islam transgender people with “visible signs” of being male or female may marry someone of the opposite sex.
But those with “visible signs of both genders” may not marry, it said.
The 50 clerics, part of the little-known Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat body based in Lahore, also said any act intended to “humiliate, insult or tease” transgender individuals should be considered a crime under Islam.
The fatwa is not legally binding in any way.

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