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11 July 2017

Gay Muslim is thought to be first in the UK to wed his partner in a same sex marriage

A LOVED-UP Muslim man has tied the knot in one of the first gay marriages for his faith in the UK.

Jahed Choudhury revealed he had always felt like an outcast in his community, but is now determined to show the world it is possible to be gay and Muslim.

Sean Rogan, 19 and Jahed Choudhury, 24, tied the knot despite facing criticism from Jahed's family
Sean Rogan, 19 and Jahed Choudhury, 24, tied the knot despite facing criticism from Jahed’s family
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The couple had a lowkey ceremony at the Walsall registry office
The couple had a lowkey ceremony at the Walsall registry office
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The 24-year-old said: “This is about showing people I don’t care, my family doesn’t want to come on the day, they just don’t want to see it, it’s too embarrassing for them.

“They think it’s a disease and can be cured, some of my family still call it a phase.

“I want to say to all people going through the same thing that it’s OK – we’re going to show the whole world that you can be gay and Muslim.”

The defiant ceremony saw the pair tie the knot in a lowkey event at the Walsall registry office, with both grooms wearing traditional Muslim attire.

The happy day is a far cry from when Mr Choudhury felt like an outcast, left crying on a bench two years.

But it was there that Mr Rogan stopped to help – with the pair immediately hitting it off and becoming engaged on Sean’s birthday last June.


He said he had “stood out like a sore thumb” previously, with bullies spitting on him and even emptying rubbish over him.

Struggling with his identity, he even tried to have a girlfriend, change his social circle, take medication and even go on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh.

Mr Choudhury’s lowest point was when he tried to take his own life – but it was then that he met Sean.

He said: “I’d not long overdosed and I was crying on a bench and Sean came over and asked if I was OK.”

Jahed said he wanted to show people he was not embarrassed by his sexuality
Jahed said he wanted to show people he was not embarrassed by his sexuality
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The couple met two years ago and have never looked back
The couple met two years ago and have never looked back
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The couple became engaged last June
The couple became engaged last June
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He isn’t looking back, with the couple now planning a honeymoon to Spain.

He said: “Sean gave me hope at one of my lowest points and he’s stood by me all the way.”


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