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The Muslims for Marriage Equality movement has launched its Sydney campaign claiming some young Muslims may feel it is unsafe to vote yes.
The campaign is encouraging the Muslim community to campaign for a yes vote in the Federal Government's same-sex marriage postal survey.
The group has organised a Post Office box for Muslims to send their postal votes to if they are in an unsafe environment to vote yes.
Fahad Ali, founder of the Muslims for Marriage Equality campaign, said he set up the campaign because there was a lack of action in the Muslim community when it came to marriage equality.
"We certainly know there are people who's parents expect them to vote a certain way or would vote in the survey for them," Mr Ali said.
"I thought it was time to start the discussion."
Muslims come in all shapes and all sizes, and believe it or not we are gay, lesbian and transgender.
Mr Ali is gay and a practising Muslim and has acknowledged there can be a lack of understanding from the conservative members of his faith.
He said more than 200 people had expressed interest in volunteering for the campaign and Muslims for Marriage Equality has 1500 followers on Facebook.
Speakers at the meeting included Sally Rugg from the organisation Get Up!, NSW Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi. Rainbow Labor co-convenor Andre Charadia and Australian Marriage Equality's Francis Voor.
Attendees (which included both Muslims and non-Muslims) were encouraged to join door knocking and phone calling efforts.
Dr Mehreen Faruqi said she didn't shy away from the fact that she is Muslim and a strong supporter of marriage equality.
"Muslims come in all shapes and all sizes, and believe it or not we are gay, lesbian and transgender."
Francis Voor, from Australian Marriage Equality said there was a lot of support from many people of faith across the spectrum.
"We have flyers in all sorts of languages, and couples who dare to show their story and show their faces."
This event follows comments made by Ali Kadri of the Islamic Council on ABC's The Drum, who said that Muslims were scared to speak out about marriage equality.
"We are afraid if we come out with our opinion then the left may abandon us for going against their view and we can't be friendly with the conservatives because they have been bashing us for 15, 20 years."
"We have to be sensitive about who should be speaking out loudly and proudly so if there is concerns about safety, people can still vote yes," Dr Faruqi said.
"It is incumbent on us who are in positions of privilege, like me, to make sure that every opportunity I have, I talk about these issues."
Get Up!'s Sally Rugg said young vulnerable members of the queer community shouldn't prioritise speaking loudly and calling for their rights.
"They need to prioritise keeping themselves safe and keeping their friends safe."
The speakers committed to campaigning at the upcoming marriage equality rally in Sydney on October 21.