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An Egyptian court sentenced eight men to three years each in jail Saturday for participating in a YouTube video showing what purports to be the country’s first gay wedding on a Nile riverboat.
The men were accused of spreading indecent images and inciting debauchery — charges they deny — for a video that went viral in August that features two men exchanging rings before kissing and embracing.
The men will also be subject to three years probation following their prison terms, the judge ruled, although the sentences can be appealed. The defendants and their families demonstrated outside the courthouse in Cairo over the weekend.
Before they were detained in September, one of the men called a television talk show to say the video was filmed at a birthday party, according to Human Rights Watch.
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