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'Gay Wedding' Video Men Arrested

One week after a video of the first Egyptian 'gay wedding' surfaced, the men featured in the video have been arrested on charges of 'debauchery.'

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'Gay Wedding' Video Men Arrested

Two men who appeared in a controversial 'gay marriage' video have been arrested.

The pair, along with five others, are accused of 'debauchery' and 'violating public decency' after the leaked 'wedding' clip went viral online.

During the minute-long video two men are seen exchanging rings before kissing each other aboard a Nile felucca. The pair are surrounded by cheering friends. Meanwhile a cake featuring the pair's faces is also present in the film.

In the hours following the clip's release, many Egyptians took to social media in support of the couple. However the video sparked controversy in conservative circles, with the Muslim Brotherhood blaming the video on the 'coup.'

One of the men involved later claimed that the stunt was little more a birthday prank.

Today, cops were still hunting for two other men involved in the clip. The prosecutor general also ordered for the men to be forced to undergo forensic exams before calling for their trial to be fast tracked to "safeguard the values of society and implement justice."

A statement released by state news agency MENA described the video as showing "a devilish shameless party." The prosecutor said the video dates back to April.

Egyptian police have long made the lives of homosexuals a living hell. In 2001, 21 men were handed three-year jail sentences after cops raided a so-called 'gay party' on the Queen Nile boat. 

Meanwhile 14 men were arrested at a sauna in Cairo's El-Marg district in October last year and have since been charged with a variety of offences linked to so-called "indecent behaviour." In November, nine men were arrested on similar charges at a private party in 6th October City.