Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad said that Malaysia will not recognize same-sex marriage.
Dr. Mahathir Mohamad dismissed same-sex marriage as a "regressive way of thinking" and said he would not allow the equality of marriage. Mahathir made these comments while speaking at the Cambridge Union in the United Kingdom on Sunday (June 16). The prime minister has expressed his opposition to the LGBT-community in the past.
"I don’t understand gay marriage. Marriage is about producing children,’ he said. ‘Do you get children in a gay marriage? What do they do? They adopt children and things like that.’’ He continued ‘’To us, this is a regressive way of thinking. Simply because you think people are free to do what they like, marrying a man and man, woman and woman, that’s okay as it is their right,’ Mahathir continued. ‘But rights have got limits. There is no such thing as absolute right to do everything.’
LGBTI rights activists in Malaysia have called on the government to do more to protect the LGBTI community in the country. Malaysia has seen an increase in anti-LGBTI issues in recent years.
Although same-sex marriage is considered a human right in different countries, Mahathir said it will not be followed in Malaysia. He has described LGBTI rights in the past as a 'western thing'.