5 Worst Places For Same-Sex Couples
Sure, the number of countries allowing same-sex marriages is growing, and therefore, the number of married gay couples is on the rise as well. There are, however, a number of countries that not only does not allow gay marriages, but also treats homosexuality as a crime punishable by death. Definitely no gay pride parades here.
My advice to same-sex couples: if you’re going on a honeymoon, steer clear of the countries listed below, where being gay sucks, big time.
In a recent visit to the United States, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia University and said that "we don't have homosexuals, like in your country". This may seem ridiculous, but there could be some truth in it. After all, Iran is perhaps the country to execute the largest number of its citizens for being gay, with estimates ranging from several hundred to 4,000. Perhaps Iran’s gay population has already been decimated, and therefore, for Ahmadinejad, doesn’t exist anymore.
Here’s what usually happens to homosexuals in Iran.
2. Saudi Arabia
There’s no such thing as gay rights in Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is a serious crime punishable by death.
It is interesting to note, however, that according to this article, “vibrant communities of men who enjoy sex with other men can be found in cosmopolitan cities like Jeddah and Riyadh". A Syrian was even quoted as saying in the article that the Saudi capital is a “gay heaven.” Talk about hypocrisy.
Islamic laws apply in this Northwest African country, and they say that, “any adult Muslim caught engaging in an "unnatural act" with a member of the same sex is punishable with the death sentence by public stoning.” Ouch.
Homosexual activity in this strife-torn country is illegal, punishable by 100 lashes or death. As if they’re two different things. Try being lashed a hundred times with what could only be a well-used and therefore bacteria-laden whip and see if you don’t die of infection.
Penalties for being gay in this country range from flogging to death.
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