RABAT (Reuters) – Christian convert Loubna and her husband Kamal marry in a small ceremony in a meeting room of a human rights group in the Moroccan capital, ignoring threats from people in their conservative hometown in the north of the Muslim kingdom.
Farah Tarneem and her husband Adam Rabti, a native Moroccan converted to Christianity, pose for a photo in a house used as a church in Ain Atiq district in the outskirts of Rabat, Morocco, June 4, 2018. Picture taken June 4, 2018, REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
The couple are part of a tiny minority who have converted to Christianity and are demanding legal recognition of their marriage. Islam is the religion of state in predominantly Sunni Muslim Morocco where only Muslim and Jewish marriages are deemed legal.
“From now on I have to wear niqab (face veil) if I want to walk in the streets of my hometown,” Loubna said after the ceremony.
The centuries-old tiny Jewish community is recognized in the constitution as part of the Moroccan identity. The roughly 3,000 Jews have their courts governing personal status matters as well as inheritance and burial.