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Gay marriage in Ksar lekbir,Morocco once again

December 11, 2007

 we were accused by a  moroccan newspaper , al ahdath, of inventing the story of the gay marriage in Ksar lekbir, Morocco and that we wrote about something we did not know about….This newspaper ,and all the francophone moroccan press,has maintained that such marriage has never taken  place and that some islamists have invented the whole story in order to harm the reputation of Morocco…..my ass.!…Morocco’s reputation is safe ,like it or not…..and it can’t be harmed by an article or two….so stop behaving the ostrich way…..

i have just one question: if this is not a gay marriage, what is it then?

updated: the bride,Fouad, was sentenced to ten months’ imprisonment….fouadcopy.jpg

                                the bride, Ms FOUAD

Up to ten-month prison terms for ‘sexual perverts’

Tangiers, Dec. 11 – Six people were sentenced Monday evening to prison terms ranging from 4 to 10 months in what is considered as the most publicized case of homosexuality in Morocco.

    The main suspect, Fouad F got ten months and was fined MAD 1000 (about USD 130) on charges of sexual perversion and illegal sale of alcohol. He was found not guilty of the charge of “public offence to morals”.

   Two other people were sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and two to 4 months.

   The six defendants were arrested in the city of Ksar El-Kebir in northern Morocco, following participation in a November 19 ceremony thought to be a gay wedding.

Their lawyers criticized the verdict insisting on the lack of evidence and the absence of “flagrante delicto” and argued that their clients are victims of an over-publicized case.
 
  A preliminary investigation, quoted by the Minister of the Interior himself, showed that the gathering was a ceremony of the mystic Gnawa sect, practiced by descendants of African slaves. While some participants were dressed in women’s clothing, the ceremony’s organizer claimed that he only wanted to re-enact a vision in which a woman asked him to dress like her and offer a gift to the saint Sayyed Al-Madloum.

     Speaking before the Interior, Decentralization and Infrastructure Committee of the House of Representatives, Chakib Benmoussa insisted that “regardless of any media and political exploitation of this event, it is worth mentioning that the preliminary investigations showed this ceremony was linked to pure charlatanism-related rituals.”

   The incident sparked uproar in the conservative city of Ksar El-Kebir where over 600 people took to the street, chanting slogans condemning what they thought to be a gay wedding.

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Morocco counts over 2,300 HIV/AIDS cases

November 30, 2007

AIDS prevalence in Morocco up to June 30 is estimated at 2,306 cases, 39% of which are women, revealed, here on Wednesday, a study presented at a planning workshop on AIDS. The study showed that people under 40 are the most concerned by AIDS with 42% of cases documented among people aged between 30 and 39 and 23% among those between 15 and 29.

Participants to this three-day meeting stressed the need to expand partnerships at the local and the regional level to facilitate the implementation of Morocco’s 2007-2011 national strategy to fight AIDS. They, however, noted that such a task requires to acquire a thorough knowledge of the social, economic and cultural contexts and on the current epidemiological situation so as to adapt the national strategy to fight AIDS to regional and local realities.

This meeting aims, among other things, at developing a thorough regional intersectoral plan to fight AIDS, define results in terms of providing health care to the people infected and examine the positive sides and the weaknesses in terms of fighting AIDS.

Since the first case of AIDS appeared in 1986, Morocco has progressively introduced a series of measures and countless provisions to cope with the spread of the epidemic. It has recently implemented a USD 47Mn national strategy to raise the awareness of over a million persons, mainly high-risk populations, create 150,000 screening centers and provide medical assistance to 4,000 people by 2011.
http://www.map.ma/eng/sections/social/morocco_counts_over_1/view