Same sex marriage is not human right


Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – January 25, 2018: Contrary to the opinion of the “defenders” of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) movement, denouncing same-sex marriage does not violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

This was the rebuttal from the Malaysian Alliance of Civil Society Organisations (Macsa) to criticisms that it had violated UNDHR for making a statement against same sex marriage on Jan 8.

In statement yesterday, Macsa said its detractors have manipulated the UDHR to serve their political agenda instead of upholding genuine principles of  human rights.

The statement was signed by Macsa chairpersons Azril Mohd Amin and Associate Professor Dr Rafidah Hanim Mokhtar. 

The UHDR is an international document proclaimed by the United Nations in 1948. It lists the fundamental human rights that needs to be universally protected.

Citing Article 16(1) of the UDHR, Macsa explained that the right to marry upheld by the treaty is a right upheld exclusively for heterosexual couples.

According to the said article; “Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and its dissolution.”

“There is nothing whatsoever that contradicts the UDHR if one does not believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry,” read the statement by Macsa.

The statement also pointed out that UDHR provides no special recognition of homosexuality as an identity deserving specific rights or protections.

“It (UDHR) only states that the general rights outlined in the declaration cannot be denied to any individual on the basis of his or her sex

“That is what the signatories have agreed to. Nothing more and nothing less of this,” read the statement, adding that the term ‘sex’ used in UDHR refers to the biological anatomy of an individual.”

The statement by Macsa also stressed that recognising homosexuality as an identity rather than a chosen behaviour, has not basis in the UDHR and opposing that agenda is in no way conflicting with the rights enshrined in it.

“Every nation is free to legislate behaviour according to their own standards of morality and justice and logic.

“The UDHR has always respected each member state’s rights to establish its own human rights laws within the ambit of its national narratives.

“Why do they presume, when the people of Malaysia disapprove of homosexuality, and resist the same-sex political project, that they are all religious extremists and ignorant bigots?”



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]