Saudi Police Bust ‘Gay’ Wedding
March 1, 2004
By 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Medina, Saudi Arabia—50 people,
mainly foreigners, have been arrested at what Saudi police say was a gay
Police raided a guest house where the ceremony was under
way after a tip was called in to the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue
and Prevention of Vice, otherwise known as the religious police.
Investigators say that invitations to the ceremony
indicated it was a gay function and they say that the behavior of the guests
was “suspicious” since many of them fled the venue as soon as the police
cars were spotted coming down the street.
Homosexuality is illegal is Saudi Arabia, punishable by
public floggings or imprisonment or both.
The men, mostly Chadian, all deny the ceremony was a gay
wedding. They say they were having a bachelor party for one of the men who is
about to marry a woman.
Earlier Monday, a human rights group released a report on
civil rights abuses against gays in Egypt which detailed systematic roundups
of men suspected of being gay, prison beatings and the use of electric prods.
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