On June 10, 2016 Gay Star News reported: Growing increasingly suspicious about his sexuality, the other mullahs threatened to kill him and forced Taha to flee the country
A gay Muslim cleric has fled Iran after receiving death threats for marrying gay couples.
Going only by the name of Taha, the mullah he tried to keep his sexuality hidden, but other clerics became suspicious – even without knowing he was secretly marrying gay couples.
‘Yes, I was conducting gay weddings,’ Taha said.
‘The last few months were very difficult. The authorities questioned me several times about my choice of friends.’
In the other clerics’ eyes, gay men were no appropriate contact for a man of his status, Taha explained.
‘They were saying I am a cleric and I shouldn’t be meeting gay men,’ he said.
‘The other mullahs were suspicious about my sexual orientation and threatened me with death.’
With his life in danger, Taha fled to Istanbul, which is usually regarded to be the Muslim world’s most liberal place; homosexuality is widely accepted, and a few gay bars cater to the local community. From there, the cleric wants to move to Canada.