Ten gays and lesbians arrested in Jordan for holding get-together

North Africa and Middle EastOn Feb 27, 2014 PinkNews reported: Ten gay and lesbian people have been arrested in Jordan for holding a get-together in a party hall.

The arrests took place in east Amman, a security official confirmed on Thursday, saying they were made to “prevent a disturbance of the peace”.

“The administrative governor of the Marka area, Adnan Qatarneh, ordered the arrest of the 10 gays and lesbians after they held a reception at a party hall on Wednesday to get to know each other,” he told the AFP.

“The arrests were made to prevent a disturbance of the peace,” he went on.

Despite being widely seen as unacceptable, homosexuality is not illegal in Jordan.

A second security official said: “There are no laws in Jordan to deal with homosexuality cases.

“It is up to administrative governors to decide how to handle such issues, including any period of detention.”  Continued

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