At least 50 clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwa on Sunday, declaring marriage between transgender persons lawful. A transgender person having “visible signs of being a male” may marry a woman or a transgender person with “visible signs of being a female” and vice versa, the religious decree said. However, the fatwa added that a person with “visible signs of both genders” cannot marry anyone, Dawn reported.

The clerics, who are affiliated with Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat, called any act that would “humiliate, insult or tease” transgender persons “haraam”. They also urged the government to take action against parents who deny their transgender sons or daughters of inheritance and emphasised that they have the right to have the same funeral rites as any other Muslim man or woman