A new group Muslims for Marriage Equality has encouraged people to vote “yes” in the upcoming postal survey on marriage equality.
The group wants to build support for the reform while hoping to erase some of the stigma that LGBTI people face in the religion.
The group’s founder Fahad Ali (pictured) said Muslims have more diverse beliefs than many think.
“The notion that all Muslims are opposed to equal rights for same-sex couples is absolutely incorrect,” Ali said.
“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.”
But he told Sky News he acknowledges gay Muslims face a lot of hardships in their communities due to their sexuality – something he hopes the group’s campaign can help to eliminate.
“A lot of people have to endure violence from their families; they have a lot of fear,” he said.
“There’s also the feeling of not being able to find a place within their community of faith, which can be quite troubling for a lot of people who want to be practicing Muslims.”
Australians have until August 24 to enrol to vote or update their electoral details for the postal vote, with the first ballots expected to reach mailboxes on September 12.
As well as advocacy, the Muslims for Marriage Equality group are providing temporary postal addresses to those who wish to participate in the marriage survey but don’t feel safe receiving their ballot at home.