Homophobic front page shocks Morocco

Cover of intellectual weekly sparks discussion

12 June, 12:48

    The cover of MarocHebdo. The cover of MarocHebdo.

    (ANSAmed) - RABAT, JUNE 12 - The homophobic front page of weekly Maroc-Hebdo has sparked a controversy in Morocco.

    ''Should homosexuals be burned?'', ran a headline with a homosexual couple in a swimming pool.

    The health minister wants the decriminalization of homosexuality in Morocco and the weekly, which hits newsstands on Thursday night, focused on the issue, writing that ''it is certainly an individual right. But where are morals and religious values?''.

    The front page sparked a controversy and was criticized on the Facebook page of the weekly usually read by managers, intellectuals and students. The magazine has always watched carefully social changes since it was founded in 1991. Comments varied between insults, surprise and attacks.

    Homosexuality is constantly at the center of debate. Placebo and Femen expressed support for gay rights last week.

    In Morocco, homosexuality is a crime; article 489 of the criminal code provides for sentences of up to three years for those committing ''acts against nature''. The health ministry report asking to scrap homosexuality as a crime has once again brought the issue at the center of political debate. (ANSAmed)

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