Homosexual acts are illegal in 78 countries in the world, many of them in Africa, and homosexuality is frowned upon culturally in many other countries. A full list is included at the end of this article.
After seeing the holiday deal online, they called to confirm the price and to check their relationship status would be no problem.
All was fine – until they were told they could holiday at the hotel only if they stayed in separate rooms, Britain’s Daily Mail reported.
The couple, both English, say they paid for airport parking, transfers and a new camera, with no inkling anything might go wrong – until British Airways emailed them asking them to get in touch regarding their holiday in July.
The men say BA told them the hotel had been in touch to confirm that they could not stay because they were in a homosexual relationship.
British Airways gave the couple a full refund.
BA also apologised to them, though the apology was hedged with the following point: “Please note that as part of our terms and conditions we refer our customers to the Foreign and Commonwealth office website, offering country specific guidance on local law and customs.”
Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Morocco and complaints can lead to prosecution, the Foreign and Commonwealth office warns.
A gay British man was jailed in Morocco last year for “homosexual acts” after police searched for images on his mobile phone. The man, a 69-year-old grandfather, was jailed for four months with his Moroccan friend in dungeon conditions that he says were “indescribable”. It happened after police found the “homosexual pictures” on his phone.
FOR THE RECORD, homosexuality is illegal in the following 78 countries, according to website 76crimes.com, which tracks the subject:
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Cook Islands
- Dominica (but no enforcement of anti-gay law reported)
- Indonesia (in Aceh Province and South Sumatra)
- Lebanon (law ruled invalid in one court)
- Malawi (though enforcement of law has been suspended, reportedly)
- Palestine/Gaza Strip
- Papua New Guinea
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- St Kitts & Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent & the Grenadines
- Trinidad & Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
Written by Peter Needham