Saudi Arabia Objects To “.gay” Domain As It Would “Promote Homosexuality” and Offend “Many Societies and Cultures”

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is currently considering 1,930 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) submitted by individuals and corporations from around the world, but a few gTLDs — such as .gay, .bar, .hot and .baby — are being met with opposition from Saudi Arabia.

The nation’s Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) complained that “Many societies and cultures consider homosexuality to be contrary to their culture, morality or religion” and that “the creation of a gTLD string which promotes homosexuality will be offensive to these societies and cultures.”

Likewise, the .baby gTLD — proposed by Johnson & Johnson — could be used for pornography, the CITC argued, and that “pornography undermines gender equality and threatens public morals.”The CITC used the same reasoning in its objections to .virgin, .porn, .sex, .adult, .hot and .dating domains, CNN reports.

Saudi Arabia also objects to the use of .islam, which was proposed by a private firm that “cannot represent the whole or even a majority of the worldwide Muslim community.”

The public has until September 26 to lodge objections against the proposed gTLDs, and the first batch of new domains — about 500 — will be dotting the interwebs by next spring.