2017-07-16 10:57:11 UTC
A rooftop wedding was not an option.
UK Gay Muslim Wedding: Groom Receives Acid Attack Threats
A man thought to be one of the first UK Muslims to have a same-sex marriage
said people have threatened to throw acid in his face since the ceremony.
Jahed Choudhury, 24, married Sean Rogan at Walsall Register Office and
shared his story on YouTube.
However, he told the Victoria Derbyshire Show he had been threatened online
and in the street.
But the couple said they had also received messages of support and would
continue to share their story.
Since their ceremony Mr Choudhury said the couple had received death threats
online and abuse on the streets.
"The worst [messages] say 'the next time I see you in the streets, I'm going
to throw acid in your face'.
"Even if I walk down the streets, I have people spitting on me and calling
me pig - all the nasty stuff. I just keep walking."
The couple said they had not yet reported the incident to police and were
considering whether to do so.
Mr Choudhury said he had also received "amazing" support from his online
followers, including people who said the couple had inspired them to come
"I've been brought up Muslim and the Koran mentions you cannot be gay and
Muslim. But this is how I have chosen to live my life. I will never get rid
of my faith."
Mr Choudhury said he had attempted suicide in the past but added his family
had been "really supportive" since he came out.
He has now set up a YouTube channel where his story received more than 5,000
views, and says he was motivated to speak out online to encourage support
for gay people from religious backgrounds.