In the past 15 years, the gay rights movement has made significant headway in transforming the public’s posture toward homosexuality in the West. This has put immense pressure on Western Muslim leadership due to the dual realities of 1) sharia’s stance on gay sex and 2) Muslim minority status in Europe and North America. How can Muslim leaders — as representatives of one beleaguered minority group striving for public acceptance — maintain an anti-gay stance which opposes the interests of another beleaguered minority group striving for public acceptance?

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