Two Pakistanis Jailed for Attempted Gay Marriage
BY Advocate.com Editors
June 02 2010 7:30 PM ET
Pakistan has jailed two people for what authorities claim was an attempted gay marriage, though the twosome deny they were putting on a ceremony or are even in a relationship.
Malik Muhammad Iqbal, 42, was arrested for attempting to wed 18-year-old Rani, who was born a man but lives as a woman — police stormed a gathering they were part of and arrested 43 guests. Iqbal and Rani claim they were only at a party for Rani's birthday and that Iqbal was simply a guest.
Pakistani authorities claim to have pictures and a wedding dress that prove a ceremony was to take place. Attempting to marry someone of the same sex is illegal in Pakistan.
"Our investigation shows [Iqbal] likes these people more than women," a police officer told CNN. "He admitted it. This is a psychological disease when men are attracted to men and not attracted to women."
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