Tunisian mufti criticizes LGBT association recognition

'Danger to Islamic values'

25 May, 19:05

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, MAY 25 - Tunisian mufti Hamda Sad criticized Monday the official recognition of the first Tunisian association for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, Shams.

    A statement from the mufti claims that the association promotes ''a dangerous deviation of values and human nature'', and that he thus considers the association a danger to Islamic values and principles of Tunisian society, characterized by its moderation and exclusion of deviant behaviors. The mufti therefore called on the competent authorities to reconsider the authorization of the association that ''represents a threat to future generations through the promotion of aberrant and perverse behaviors. The main aim of the associations for the rights of sexual minorities is the abolition of Article 230 of the Tunisian criminal code, which states that ''the male (liwat) and female (mousahaqa) homosexual acts are punished with up to three years in prison''. (ANSAmed).

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