Monday, April 6, 2009

News from Morocco

PRESS, MOROCCO ANNOUNCES END TO GAY TOLERANCE

MADRID, MARCH 24 –

Morocco announces the end of tolerance with regard to homosexuality, is the title of the full page article in today's El Pais, referring to the initiative which the Ministry for the interior in Morocco is using to 'confront all actions which go against religious and moral values, within the framework of the law''. An article with the headline in red on the front page of magazine Al Michaal triggered the reaction by the  government in Rabat; in it a gay Moroccan couple tell the story of their wedding, reciting a prayer which comes before the reading from the Koran. The formula is very common in Morocco, between heterosexual couples as well, but it does not mean that the union is legal. In a message quoted by El Pais, the Ministry for the interior registered "voices in the media which are trying to make a case for ignoble behaviour which is a provocation to national public opinion and which are against the moral values and teachings of our society". The government will act against these people "within the framework of current laws". Homosexuality is punishable in Morocco from six months to three years imprisonment, even though courts do not usually pass sentences for this kind of crime. Nevertheless arrests of gays are commonly made as a 'deterrent''. El Pais notes that "while several publications are indulgent towards Moroccan gays, the main body of the press is asking for a strong hand against perverts". Spain's ambassador in Rabat, Luis Planas, recently became involved in the controversy, when he was photographed with the secretary of Colegas, a Spanish association which defends the rights of gays and lesbians, and with Bargachi, the coordinator of Kifkif (from equal to equal), an association which supports gays in Morocco. (ANSAmed).


It is kind of amazing how threatening institutionalised authority and heterosexuals find any expression of gay love. Why would that be?

gug

4 comments:

Irene said...

Good news, homosexuality is an evil, a misfit that we can not tolerate. Together we shall defeat this unacceptable practice.

gayuganda said...

Thank you Irene,

your answer is thoughtful and straight to the point.

gug

spiralx said...

Stright to the point, yes.

Full of thought? I doubt it.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

It´s sad, but Irene is pointless and dangerous, but that ought come as no suprise as she appears plain ignorant of the REAL well-being of other human beings...many zealots are accessories to murder and they think they are defending a God who needs NO DEFENSE (especially by the likes of her)!

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