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Prison term for two men kissing in Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Two men in Abu Dhabi were sentenced to six months in prison, followed by deportation, for kissing on a public widewalk, the Emirates 24/7 website reported.

They were charged with public indecency under United Arab Emirates law.

Two years ago, a straight British couple was similarly sentenced to one month in prison for kissing in a restaurant in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai.

They were convicted of “inappropriate behavior and illegal drinking,” the Huffington Post reported.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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