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Egyptian Police Detain 60 Men at Gay Wedding

Reuters, May 13, 2001

CAIRO — A gay wedding on the Nile turned sour when police rounded up 60 men for what they called "deviant sexual acts," Egyptian court sources said on Sunday.

They said five foreigners detained during last Wednesday’s wedding party on a boat moored on the Nile had been freed.

Prosecutors were questioning 55 other revelers on possible charges of "violating the teachings of religion and propagating depraved ideas and moral depravity."

The charges carry a maximum jail sentence of five years.

Egyptian laws do not explicitly outlaw homosexuality, but the practice is taboo in this conservative, mostly Muslim country.

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