FREDERICK, Maryland - US President Barack Obama's surprise support for of same-sex marriage has sparked criticism from Muslims inside the United States and abroad, describing the practice as contradicting with all religions.
"As Muslims, we are against gay marriage," Dr. Syed Haque, president of the Frederick County Muslim Council, told Frederick News Post on Friday, May 11.
Obama sparked heated debates in the US on Thursday after reiterating support for same-sex marriage.
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His position was the first by a sitting American president to publicly endorse same-sex marriage.
Obama argued that his support for gay marriage evolved after talking with his two daughters, who had friends who had same-sex parents.
The Democrat president was the one who ended the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prevented gays from serving openly in the US military.
Obama's position came days after his vice-president Joe Biden said that he was absolutely comfortable with same-sex marriages.
His remarks also came after Colorado rejected a bill to allow same-sex marriages in the state.
His remarks sparked anger from Christian groups and Republican rivals.
In the US, 31 states have passed constitutional amendments or legislation against same-sex marriage.
A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll said that more than 39 percent of Americans believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry legally.
Another 23.5 percent said that such couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not marry, while nearly 27 percent opposed marriage or civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.
Reaction from the world Muslims was cautious and somewhat wary to Obama's move.
"This is unacceptable, because it is against religion, traditions and against God," Shady Azer, an engineer in Cairo, told CBC on Friday.
"God created Adam and Eve. He didn't create two Adams or two Eves."
Reactions coming from Muslims-majority Malaysia were more cautious, confirming that gay marriage was an American internal issue.
But, Malaysians reiterated rejection of any interference in any other countries to impose the practice in Muslim countries.
We want good relations with America, but America must not interfere in other countries' policies on this issue," Ibrahim Ali, an independent member of Malaysia's parliament and leader of a rights group for the country's majority Malay Muslims, said
"They can practice this in America if they want, since it's their right, but we are still very concerned, because whatever America practices, it often wants other countries to follow suit."
Same-sex relationship and marriage are totally prohibited in Islam, Christianity and all divine religions.
Islam teaches that believers should neither do the obscene acts, nor in any way indulge in their propagation.
The Catholic Church teaches that homosexuality is not a sin, but considers homosexual intercourse as sinful.
In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI called for defending humanity against the threat posed by homosexual behaviors, warning homosexual acts could lead to the self-destruction of the human race.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net