A 1-minute video which claims to be
from Egypt's first gay wedding has gone viral on social media.
In the clip, uploaded to YouTube on
Monday, two grooms and their wedding party celebrate the couple's
nuptials aboard a boat on the Nile.
The men, both dressed in dark suits,
kiss and hug after they exchange rings.
A cake decorated with an edible photo
of the grooms appears near the video's end. (The video is embedded
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Gay couples cannot legally marry in
Egypt, nor are their relationships recognized by the government.
In a highly publicized case from 2001, police arrested 52 men aboard the Queen Boat, a floating gay
nightclub moored on the Nile in Cairo. The men – referred to as
the Cairo 52 – were charged with “habitual debauchery” and
defaming Islam. Twenty-one men were given 3-year jail sentences.