Two former students from Pakistan have defied death threats to tie the knot in Britains first Muslim lesbian civil partnership.
Rehana Kausar,34,and Sobia Kamar,29,took their vows at a registry office in Leeds and instantly applied for political asylum in the UK,according to local media reports.
This country allows us rights and its a very personal decision that we have taken. Its no ones business as to what we do with our personal lives, Kausar,originally from Lahore,told the Birmingham-based Sunday Mercury.
Kamar,originally from Mirpur in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,said her partner was her soulmate.
Relatives of the couple said the women had received death threats both in UK and Pakistan,where homosexuality is deemed illegal.
The civil ceremony took place in the presence of solicitors and two Pakistani friends.
The couple did not have an Islamic marriage ceremony,a nikah,as they could not find an imam to conduct what would have been a controversial ceremony, a relative of one of the women said.
The Civil Partnership Act 2004 in the UK gives same-sex couples rights and responsibilities identical to civil marriage.