For the month of February, we're going to be taking a look at love — and the politics that surround it. Our first story comes from Senegal.
Senegalese police just arrested several men in connection with pictures depicting a gay marriage ceremony. Homosexuality is illegal in Senegal, a predominately Muslim country, and the gay population continues to be excluded from meaningful participation in society.
After the controversial photographs were published in Icone magazine, the editor received numerous death threats. Some of the men arrested appear in the photographs, but it is not clear whether the arrests were made in connection with the threats or solely based on the pictures.
Do you find it utterly outrageous that simple photographs can have such extreme consequences, including threats of violence and arrests? Can homosexuality really be outlawed?