Morocco says no to the 'threat' of gay marriage

Published: June 27, 2013

Morocco will not accept gay marriage, stated its Justice Minister, Mustafa Ramid.

Ramid said that Morocco is radically opposed to revise a legal agreement with France that says any marriage between two nationals of the country would mutually recognized.

The minister said that if a same-sex Moroccan and French couple were to marry there would be no way the country would not accept their gay marriage as legal.

Acceptance would be ‘impossible’ as it ‘threatens public order in Morocco,’ stated Ramid, who belongs to the Islamist Justice and Development Party.

The minister stated to daily Al Tachdid that ‘Morocco can not even open a public debate on the issue,’ referring to the fact that homosexuality remains illegal and may be punished with anything from six months to three years imprisonment and a fine of 120 to 1200 dirhams (max €108 US$ 140), although the law is usually not enforced by the authorities.

Despite the minister’s statement on Tuesday (25 June), France has no intention to demand an amendment to its 1981 Franco-Moroccan convention of personal law to include gay marriage.

While France recently legalized gay marriage, a memo signed by French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira on 29 May 29 decrees that law does not cover nationals of 11 countries, including Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Slovenia, Cambodia and Laos.

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