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Emirates Arrest Dozens At 'Mass Homosexual Wedding'

Government May Inject Men With Male Hormones

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Washington has condemned the United Arab Emirates' arrest of more than two dozen gays at what police called a mass homosexual wedding and warned that any attempt to treat detainees with male hormones would violate international law.

Police raided a hotel chalet near Abu Dhabi earlier this month and arrested 22 Emirati men and three Arabs from neighboring countries, the Interior Ministry said Saturday. Police reported finding a dozen men dressed as brides and a dozen others in male Arab dress, apparently preparing for a mock marriage ceremony.

The authorities said the detainees, some of whom had been arrested before, are likely to be tried on charges related to adultery and prostitution. They also said the men would be tested for male-hormone levels and could possibly face government-ordered hormone injections.

In criticizing the arrests, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in a statement Monday: "We call on the government of the United Arab Emirates to immediately stop any ordered hormone and psychological treatment and to comply with the standards of international law."

An Interior Ministry official close to the investigation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that hormones would be given only with the suspects' consent -- either as a sentence-reduction option if found guilty in court or voluntarily before trial.

Outward homosexual behavior is banned in the United Arab Emirates and most other Arab countries.

The arrested men were undergoing psychological evaluation last week. The Interior Ministry's department of social support has said it would try to direct the men away from homosexual behavior, including recommending male hormone treatment if the men are found to be deficient.

Also Tuesday, an Abu Dhabi police officer confessed to improperly releasing pictures of the detainees, said the Interior Ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give press statements.

Local newspapers have published grainy photos of the suspects, showing some of the "brides" wearing sleeveless dresses and what appeared to be wigs and kneeling at the feet of the "grooms."

The officer would probably stand trial and could lose his job, the official said.

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I read about this yesterday. I find it disturbing that no American gay rights groups can be bothered to protest this sort of sick behavior from Middle Eastern governments.
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They're consider lucky. I think Iran will hang you if caught.
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I read about this yesterday. I find it disturbing that no American gay rights groups can be bothered to protest this sort of sick behavior from Middle Eastern governments.

I find it funny to think they'd care if they did!

In my opinion, you have to be sort of crazy to come out of the closet in an Arab country.
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I find it funny to think they'd care if they did!

In my opinion, you have to be sort of crazy to come out of the closet in an Arab country.
Funny? I don't understand.

It may not be wise to come out in an Arab country; that doesn't make this right. It's obviously the victims' fault, though.
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Funny that you think that the UAE would care if Americans protested.

I didn't say it was their fault. I said they were crazy.
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Funny that you think that the UAE would care if Americans protested.

I didn't say it was their fault. I said they were crazy.
Protests from American gay rights groups would be more about bringing notice to the problem here, not having any Arab country react.
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I'm still trying to understand the government hormone injections. Is this supposed to "cure" the guys who choose to dress like women? I would think it would just make them more aggressive: a very aggressive man in a wedding dress.

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I'm still trying to understand the government hormone injections. Is this supposed to "cure" the guys who choose to dress like women? I would think it would just make them more aggressive: a very aggressive man in a wedding dress.
I think that is the purpose, or at least that is all I can guess. I found it odd that there is actually an international law that speaks to it. Not that there shouldn't be, but that seems like an awfully specific international law.
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I read about this yesterday. I find it disturbing that no American gay rights groups can be bothered to protest this sort of sick behavior from Middle Eastern governments.
Why? They're under constant attacks here at home. I doubt they have the willpower to carry to fight over there.
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Gay suicide bombers might get a little respect.
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Gay suicide bombers might get a little respect.
I think you're dead before even becoming a suicide bomber.
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I think you're dead before even becoming a suicide bomber.
On the inside...
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Why? They're under constant attacks here at home. I doubt they have the willpower to carry to fight over there.
Gay rights groups are 'under attack' in the US?
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Gay suicide bombers might get a little respect.
That gives a whole new meaning to "flaming".
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Gay suicide bombers might get a little respect..
Why bother? What are you gonna do with the virgins? Braid 72 heads of hair?
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After all the straight people at the weddings might catch something from the gays











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Why bother? What are you gonna do with the virgins? Braid 72 heads of hair?
No, just kick the crap out of the heterosexual suicide bombers and tell them they are bitches.
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I NEVER thought that I would say this about an Arab Country, but WELL DONE!!!
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So they're injecting gay men with "male" hormones?

What're they trying to do, make more Arab bears?
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I'm still trying to understand the government hormone injections. Is this supposed to "cure" the guys who choose to dress like women? I would think it would just make them more aggressive: a very aggressive man in a wedding dress.
They test them first for male hormones - if they have low levels, then that would be a reason for them being gay. They would then be given the hormone injection to raise their level, thus making them no longer gay.

This would be my guess...
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I NEVER thought that I would say this about an Arab Country, but WELL DONE!!!
That is an amazingly terrible thing to say.
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Originally Posted by Tommy Ceez
Gay rights groups are 'under attack' in the US?
I would submit that gays have an easier time in "New Rome" than much of the country.

I would also submit that they have an obligation to speak out against discrimination and abuse.
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