Viral video of gay wedding in the Saudi Arabia alerted country’s authorities

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Same sex activities between both men and women are outlawed and the rights of the community are not recognized by the government. Punishments from lashings to the death penalty apply. Some suggested that the video was a prank. Police arrested those involved in the ceremony. Commentators expressed various opinions on this subject posting on social networks. “Since 2013, the phenomenon of homosexuality has been increasing in Mecca, and perhaps the response for respectable people is to purge Mecca of this corruption, which stems mainly from foreigners,” one of them wrote on Twitter.

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Images from the incriminated video

Even the society modernization project of the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is not yet to benefit the LGBT community. Homosexuality and transgenderism are widely seen as immoral and indecent activities. The “Rules of Apprehension, Temporary Custody & Precautionary Detention Regulation”, issued in the 1980s, codified the criminal code on homosexuality by listing it among the crimes that warranted arrest and detention. In addition to law enforcement, a second royal decree formally established the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) and gave this committee the power to authority to arrest and detain people who violate the traditional teaches of Islam, including acts of homosexuality and cross-dressing. In 2010,as an example,  a 27-year-old Saudi man was sentenced to five years in prison, 500 lashes of the whip, and a SR50,000 fine after appearing in an amateur gay video online allegedly taken inside a Jeddah prison.

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