'Same-sex union bureaucratic hell-storm'

SHAH ALAM: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom (pic) said permitting same-sex marriages will cause a bureaucratic headache because there are no adequate provisions in government forms to accommodate such relationships.

The Islamic affairs minister said it would be difficult to identify who is the husband or the wife in a same-sex or gay marriage.

"Imagine if a man marries another man or a woman marries another woman, it would be difficult to fill up the form. Who wants to be the wife and who wants to be the husband?" he told a press conference after attending a seminar at Shah Alam Convention Centre yesterday.

"Imagine if the couple goes back for Raya and the relatives are waiting for the in-laws with the neighbours asking because both have moustaches."

Jamil Khir also defended the government's decision to ban events involving writer Irshad Manji who came to Malaysia on Thursday to promote her latest book Allah, Liberty and Love.

"In this country, we have laws and Acts to prevent us from insulting other religions. That is why we can live in harmony in Malaysia because we respect the religious beliefs and practices of others. That is why many are free to practice their faith in this country," he said.

"But it is different when there is a writing or view which is not only unacceptable in Islam but also in other religions."

He pointed out the banning of same-sex marriages is not something new because Western churches are also against such marital unions.

"However the problem is when these foreigners and their writings are not only about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) but also an insult to Islam, the Prophet and Al-Qur'an. These writings are deviation from Islamic teachings.

"All religions in Malaysia especially their leaders are against this but since reporters like to always ask the Muslim community, so I am the one who must answer," he said.

Jamil Khir has called on the Home Ministry to investigate into Irshad's Allah, Liberty and Love and called for a ban on the book after the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) found it to be filled with words insulting Islam.

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