(ANSAmed) - RABAT, JUNE 12 - The homophobic front page of
weekly Maroc-Hebdo has sparked a controversy in Morocco.
''Should homosexuals be burned?'', ran a headline with a
homosexual couple in a swimming pool.
The health minister wants the decriminalization of
homosexuality in Morocco and the weekly, which hits newsstands
on Thursday night, focused on the issue, writing that ''it is
certainly an individual right. But where are morals and
The front page sparked a controversy and was criticized on
the Facebook page of the weekly usually read by managers,
intellectuals and students. The magazine has always watched
carefully social changes since it was founded in 1991. Comments
varied between insults, surprise and attacks.
Homosexuality is constantly at the center of debate. Placebo
and Femen expressed support for gay rights last week.
In Morocco, homosexuality is a crime; article 489 of the
criminal code provides for sentences of up to three years for
those committing ''acts against nature''. The health ministry
report asking to scrap homosexuality as a crime has once again
brought the issue at the center of political debate. (ANSAmed)