Medical officials in Egypt claim that nine men have “tested negative for homosexuality” after their involvement in a video purporting to show “Egypt’s First Gay Wedding” earlier this summer.
The video in question was uploaded to YouTube months ago and sat virtually unnoticed until the power of social media launched it to “viral” status about two weeks ago. In it, two men in suits can be seen exchanging rings and smiling at an apparent wedding party — there’s no indication that it was a gay wedding other than its title, “Egypt’s First Gay Wedding”.
The video has since been revealed as a joke between friends, and nothing more than two straight dudes exchanging rings at an otherwise uneventful party. But that didn’t stop Egyptian officials from arresting all nine men who appeared in the video on charges of “sodomy.”
Though being gay is not explicitly illegal in Egypt, “debauchery” is, and the government’s strong Islamic influence has made being a “habitual homosexual” a punishable condition. According to reports, police crackdowns on those who “violate the teachings of religion and public morals” have become commonplace.
Specific details of whatever “test” was performed on the nine men to deduce that they were heterosexual have not been made public, aside from confirmation that it was “anal” in nature.
The Washington Post has the scoop, though:
Egypt has conducted homosexuality tests for years, and they have been frequently criticized. In 2004, Health and Human Rights journal published a report that said the procedures, based on anal examinations, were a form of “a form of torture” and based on “a 19th century medical mythology.”
The original video has since been deleted from YouTube, but there are countless copies available through other channels. Check it out below: