Egypt orders arrest of men over "gay marriage" video
According to Zee News, Egyptian authorities have ordered the arrest of nine men who appeared in a video purporting to show the country`s first gay marriage, accusing them of inciting debauchery and undermining public morals.
Gay marriage is not legal in Egypt, a conservative Muslim society where the footage, which went viral on social media sites last month, has caused a stir online.
Though homosexuality is not specifically outlawed in Egypt, discrimination is rife. Arrests of gay men occasionally make headlines and the accused are typically charged with debauchery, immorality or blasphemy, drawing criticism from rights groups.
The footage, which was posted on YouTube, appears to show a group of men celebrating a gay wedding on a Nile riverboat.
The public prosecutor`s office said in a statement late on Saturday the party took place in April but the footage went viral in August, causing the police to take action to identify the men.
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