The ruling handed down by the Saudi constitutional council Wednesday will make Saudi Arabia the first Arab-Muslim country to allow a union between people of the same sex.
By decision of its highest court, Saudi Arabia became, on Wednesday May 24, the first Arab-Muslim country to open the way to the marriage of people of the same s’ex.
The judgment of the Constitutional Court arouses the joy of the homosexual community of the country and hopes much further in the Middle East. More than a thousand people gathered around the royal palace on the initiative of associations supporting gay marriage.
The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia ruled that prohibiting marriage of a person of the same sex is a violation of “the freedom of individuals to marry” and the “right to equality” guaranteed by the Monarchical Constitution. “The law must protect the freedom of individuals to marry and their right to equality,” said King Salman bin Abdelaziz Al Saud.