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Headline: Gay Marriage Photos Lead to Arrests in Senegal

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?


JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
Eeeew, marriage between objects....:-P
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
This is so wrong. My heart goes out to these people that are forced to endure such harsh repercussions for merely expressing their sexuality.
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
Marriage by definition is a union between two or more objects, not people. I'm anti-marriage in general. Marriage is a religious ceremony, and has nothing to do with the real world. I don't think anyone should benefit from marriage in the sense of taxes or rights, and I don't think anyone should lose rights because they can't get married. Civil marriage unions started relatively late in human history, around the mid-19th century, in Britain in order to manage their system of government and make sure people weren't marrying brothers and cousins, etc. Let those who want to marry go to their place of worship and marry. It doesn't affect me - I don't care who gets married unless its me, and I think my position is a pretty good one. :D
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Thanks for the link Cadet. I guess I am just on pure terminology alone for people who don't know the facts but are just against homosexuals being able to get married.
Cadet Cadet 9 years
None of our presidential candidates support gay marriage. Only civil unions. Here's some information on the differences between the two, what they are, and where they can be done. I tried to find something non-partial but, you know how the internet is. I hope this clears up some things?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
No cine I don't think so, too many people who have extreme prejudices against homoexuals for htat to ever happen.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Well sodomy is illegal in many states in America, so I guess they can try to make it against the law. Just a question for people. Do you think if the term was changed to gay union people would have less of a problem with it? Since marriage by definition means the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship. If you take opposite sex out of it, would people look at it differently? If the church or religion does not want to recognize it then it is up to that religion and the government does not have a say in it, but if we called it Civil union do you think people would allow homosexuals the same rights as heterosexual couples?
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
Photographs can be a very powerful thing. I'm not at all surprised that in a part of the world that feels a great deal of antipathy for homosexuality, these would be considered scandelous and wrong.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Mulisms do not use the Bible.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
People need to get over gay marriage jeez. If they want to get marreid let them and before someone uses the bible to bash gays it also says adultery and fornication, stealing, envy, sloth, gluttony etc are a no no so taken in that context we are all going to hell. judge ye not lest ye be judged or something like that.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
This is horrible.
NYYPrincess NYYPrincess 9 years
how incredibly sad!
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