In Egypt, Attending a Gay Wedding is Apparently a Crime

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.

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  • Artor

    What “medical test” could possibly reveal if someone is homosexual or not? I’m guessing it’s another euphemism for “enhanced interrogation.”

  • eric

    The seven were remanded in custody for up to four days, accused of “incitement to debauchery”

    Authorities stated that if they had just stopped after doing the electric slide, they would’ve gotten off with a warning. But then the wedding party did started to do macarana…

  • colnago80

    Same sex marriage is not recognized anywhere in the Middle East, including Israel. As bad as the situation is in Egypt, it’s even worse in places like Saudi Arabia and Iran (no homosexuals in Iran said former president Ahmadinejad).

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    eric@2:

    Thankfully, the authorities intevened before they did the Chicken Dance.

    On a slightly more serious note, it looks like a good rule for gay wedding planning in Egypt would be to skip on the videographer.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Worse, it was a cash bar.

  • jackpantalones

    artor@1

    There is an article in Health and Human Rights Journal detailing the “test.” It turns out to be pretty much what you’d expect (a bunch of doctors watching while your anus is probed and prodded), although they are working on even worse pseudo-medical techniques, including one that involves electrocuting the anal region.

    http://www.hhrjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2013/07/7-Long.pdf

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    jackpantalones “It turns out to be pretty much what you’d expect (a bunch of doctors watching while your anus is probed and prodded), although they are working on even worse pseudo-medical techniques, including one that involves electrocuting the anal region.”

    Some people pay good money for that. So I’ve heard.

  • eric

    Some people pay good money for that. So I’ve heard.

    John Stewart had an author on a few nights ago, discussing the Iranian judicial system. Floggings are a thing, but if someone volunteers to take them for you, the judicial system allows that. So there are a bunch of people who hang out outside the courthouse, offering to get whipped for you for money. They kick half of what you pay them back to the whipper, who eases off on the force. Evidently its quite the cottage industry. Justice at its finest!

  • Sastra

    eric #8 wrote:

    Floggings are a thing, but if someone volunteers to take them for you, the judicial system allows that. So there are a bunch of people who hang out outside the courthouse, offering to get whipped for you for money. They kick half of what you pay them back to the whipper, who eases off on the force. Evidently its quite the cottage industry. Justice at its finest!

    I smell the beginnings of a religion here: volunteer to get whipped for “free” and see if you can’t gather a loyal following.

  • forestdragon

    I find it a bit hard to believe there were no women at this event. Do the Powers That Be assume that naturally every man at the wedding had to be gay and that there can’t possibly be any such thing as gay people with straight friends?

  • forestdragon

    No friendly exes, no sisters, no mothers, aunts or female grandparents? I suppose gay folks hatch out of Faberge eggs?