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3,900 gay couples have married
in Holland since law changed in '01
More than 3,900 same-sex couples have got-
ten married in the Netherlands since April 1,
2001, when it became the first nation to equalize
its marriage law by including gay couples.
About 2,400 weddings took place in 2001 and
1,500 occurred in 2002, the latest year for which
statistics were reported.
Full marriage also is available to same-sex
couples in Belgium and the Canadian provinces
of Ontario and British Columbia. In Canada, for-
eign gay couples can arrive, buy a license and get
married the same day. The Netherlands and
Belgium have residency requirements.
Marriage-like civil unions are offered in
Denmark/Greenland, Finland, France, Germany,
Iceland, Norway and Sweden; in the U.S. states
of California, Flawaii, New Jersey and Vermont;
and in the Canadian province of Quebec. Several
other nations extend some spousal rights to
Egyptian arrests, torture continue,
called one of worst rights abuses
The Egyptian government continues to arrest
and torture men suspected of having gay sex,
Fluman Rights Watch said March 1.
The group's 144-page report, "In a Time of
Torture: The Assault on Justice in Egypt's
Crackdown on Flomosexual Conduct," says the
trial of 52 men in 2001 for "habitual practice of
debauchery" — the charge used to criminalize
gay sex—"was only the most visible point in the
ongoing and expanding crackdown."
"Today, Egyptian police use wiretaps and a
growing web of informers to conduct raids on
private homes or seize suspects on the street," the
organization said. "Undercover police agents
arrange meetings with men through chat rooms
and personal advertisements on the Internet —
and then arrest them."
The report quotes arrestees saying they were
tied up, suspended in painful positions, burned
with cigarettes, submerged in icy water, and sub-
jected to electroshock on their limbs, tongues and
penises. Other prisoners have been encouraged to
rape the gay suspects, the report says.
"They took telephone wire and wrapped it
around my fingers, my toes, my ear, my penis,"
one victim said. "It was connected to a kind of
telephone they cranked up by hand to produce
the shocks and it was like death."
Doctors participate in torturing suspected
homosexuals under the guise of collecting foren-
sic evidence to support the charge of habitual
debauchery, F1RW said.
"Prosecutors refer suspects to the Forensic
Medical Authority, an arm of Egypt's Ministry of
Justice," the report said. "Doctors there compel
the men to strip and kneel; they massage, dilate
and in some cases penetrate the prisoners' anal
cavities, subjecting them to intrusive, abusive,
and degrading examinations to 'prove' the men
have committed homosexual acts."
The report is available on the Internet at
British Tories choose 1st-ever
lesbian as candidate for Parliament
Britain's Conservative Party has for the first
time chosen an open lesbian as a parliamentary
candidate, The Independent reported March 3.
Millionaire businesswoman Margot James,
46, will challenge Labor's Frank Dobson in the
London seat of Holborn and St. Pancras, the
"It is one of many signs that the Conservative
Party has changed," James said.
There is one openly gay male Conservative
MP, shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional
Affairs Alan Duncan.
Pope renews attack on same-sex
unions, targets Catholic lawmakers
Pope John Paul II lashed out at same-sex
unions again Feb. 28.
"This [is] a time in
which there is no lack
of attempts to reduce
marriage to a mere
very different from
those that belong to
marriage and the fam-
ily, and that end up
degrading it as if it
were a form of accessory association within the
social body," the pontiff said.
"It seems to me opportune to remember that
Pope John Paul II
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