Saturday, November 1, 2014
Eight men in Egypt have to spend the next three years in prison for the crime of celebrating a gay wedding
The men were convicted of inciting debauchery over the video, which surfaced on YouTube in August 2014 and purported to show the nation's first gay, if unofficial, marriage. The debauchery is apparently the sight of two men exchanging rings and embracing as their friends cheer. Family members protested outside the courthouse in Cairo after the verdicts were announced. Gay marriage is not legal in Egypt, and homosexuality is still very much a taboo. Prosecutors called the video shameful to God and offensive to public morals. Human Rights Watch complained in September 2014 that gay men are routinely arrested and tortured in the Islamic country.