Thursday, December 22, 2005

US Representatives warn foreign country on gay arrests

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According to an article published by News, on Wednesday, members of the US House of Representatives sent a letter warning against the arrest of gay men to the ambassador from the United Arab Emirates. According to the article:
"We must tell you that this kind of state-led effort to seek out and persecute adult gay men who are doing no harm to anyone is not the kind of behavior we expect from an ally, and we urge you to stop it," read the letter to Ambassador al-Asri al-Dhahri. The letter was organized by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and signed by Reps. Sue Kelly R-N.Y., Ileana Ros-Ethane, R-Fla., Tom Lantos, D-Calif., Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., James Leach, R-N.Y., Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., and Chris Shays, R-Conn.
UAE officials arrested 26 men at what was a gay marriage ceremony, according to authorities. Officials said that many of hte men would be jailed and publicly flogged. They also noted that some of the men could be forced into hormone treatments. After international criticism and a condemnation from the US State Department, UAE officials denied the reports of the hormone treatment and that it would only be optional. The US lawmakers who wrote the letter are concerned that the hormone treatment may be used as a bargaining tool by authorities. Technorati Tags: , , , ,