The first UK same-sex marriage involving a Muslim person has happened in Walsall.
A cultural taboo for many people of the Islamic faith, Jahed Choudhury and Sean Rogan wore traditional Muslim attire for the first gay Muslim marriage in the UK.
The couple met while Mr Choudhury was crying on a bench in Darlaston, and Sean stopped to see if he was okay.
Jahed suffered continual bullying throughout secondary school, while the mosque he attended in his childhood no longer allowed him in, and he was physically attacked by others in the community.
Jahed told the Express & Star:
People would spit on me, empty rubbish bins on me, call me pig and the Muslim people would shout ‘harum’ – which is a very nasty insult in my language.
Growing up with Bangladeshi parents in a traditionally Muslim household, Mr Choudhury felt trapped.
Jahed’s family did not attend the wedding, and he revealed that they believe it’s a disease and can be cured.
The couple got engaged last June, hoping to show people that they don’t care what others think.
I want to say to all people going through the same thing that it’s okay – we’re going to show the whole world that you can be gay and Muslim.
Words Lee Dalgetty