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Two Pakistanis Jailed for Attempted Gay Marriage

Two Pakistanis Jailed for Attempted Gay Marriage


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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