Being gay is illegal in Egypt, but apparently so is even being friends with gay people. Seven people have been arrested after the government identified them on a video of a same-sex wedding that took place in the country, evidently the first of its kind (though not legal, of course).
Egypt has arrested seven men for taking part in a gay wedding video that went viral on social media, accusing them of inciting debauchery and undermining public morals.
The seven were arrested on Saturday after appearing in the video purporting to show the country’s first gay marriage as two men exchanged rings surrounded by friends.
“Nine of the 16 participants were identified in an investigation and seven were arrested,” state news agency MENA said, without specifying whether the two men at the centre of the ceremony were among those detained.
The seven were remanded in custody for up to four days, accused of “incitement to debauchery” and “publishing indecent images,” MENA added…
Prosecutors said they had also ordered “medical tests” of the men, a longstanding practice in Egypt to allegedly identify homosexuals that has been denounced by human rights groups.
Well that doesn’t sound too fascist or anything.