Saturday, November 26, 2005

Multiple gay wedding ceremony busted in the United Arab Emirates

Well, attempting something like this in the Persian Gulf region takes a lot of guts.

My old pal, the Reverend Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, surely will approve of the harshness of the penalties that may await the "brides and grooms" from these ceremonies.

From AP:

More than two dozen gay Arab men arrested at what police called a mass homosexual wedding could face government-ordered hormone treatments, five years in jail and a lashing, authorities said Saturday.

The Interior Ministry said police raided a hotel chalet earlier this month and arrested 22 men from the Emirates as they celebrated the wedding ceremony, one of a string of recent group arrests of homosexuals here.

The men are likely to be tried under Muslim law on charges related to adultery and prostitution, said Interior Ministry spokesman Issam Azouri.

Outward homosexual behavior is banned in the United Arab Emirates, and the gay group wedding has alarmed leaders of this once-isolated Muslim country as it grapples with a sweeping influx of Western residents and culture.

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