Saudi Religious Police Busts Gay Wedding
Saudi Institute, February 26, 2004
WASHINGTON, DCóSaudi religious
police busted a gay wedding and arrested dozens of gay men in the holy city of
Madina Wednesday, an official at the police headquarters in Madina told the
Saudi Institute today.
The religious police arrested approximately 35 men in a
farm in Azeezya neighborhood early Wednesday morning after it received reports
of the wedding, said the official in a phone interview with SI. The men remain
in jail, he said.
Unconfirmed report suggested the wedding party was
between a Saudi and a Sudanese man.
There was no evidence the wedding is connected to the
gay-wedding fever in the United States, after the city of San Francisco issued
thousands of marriage licenses to gays.
Although Saudi Islamic laws ban homosexuality, the
Saudi government rarely persecutes individual cases of it. The number of gays
in the country is unknown.
[Home] [World] [Saudi Arabia]