Earlier in the year we posted a story about a gay couple who were arrested aboard an Atlantis Cruise Line that was docked at the Caribbean island of Dominica of for having gay sex. (In Dominica anyone caught perpetrating an act of gross indecency can be punished with imprisonment of up to 5 years, anal sex with a prison sentence of up to 10 years, or internment in a mental asylum.)
And while many in the LGBT community blamed the couple. (Because gay sex is dirty and secret you know and the guys were having it in public so it served them right.) Few came forward besides Back2Stonewall.com to call out the country of Dominica itself for having anti-homosexuality laws punishable by prison. But most importantly we called out Atlantis Cruise Lines for docking in homophobic countries with a floating city of horny gay men because they are “cheap” ports of call to make a few bucks.
Now we have the city of Casablanca in the anti-gay country of Morocco revoking the docking privileges of the MS Nieuw Amsterdam, an all-gay Mediterranean cruise organized by RSVP Vacations and Holland America because she’s full of gays.
While the Moroccan tourist ministry denies that being a gay cruise had anything to do with it many wonder why it was cancelled at the last minute.
Morocco’s Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad said no official decision had been made to prevent the ship from stopping in Morocco.
“We don’t ban cruise ships here and we never ask our visitors about their sexual preferences,” he told Reuters. Asked if the MS Nieuw Amsterdam could still visit Morocco, he said: “They can if the organisers want to”.
But the REAL question is why would RSVP Vacations and Holland America potentially put the lives of two thousand gay men in danger by docking in Casablanca, where where Islam same-sex sexual activity is illegal and can be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years imprisonment?
As long as there are laws to persecute gay people in that country the cruise/travel industry should NEVER be offering gay tours to such places. And it is grossly irresponsible for them to do so unless they can 100 percent guarantee the safety of their gay passengers.
It doesn’t matter how beautiful of exotic the destination is, what matters is that these places should be avoided and should never benefit financially or otherwise from the gay community. The gay world yields a lot of big money and that money should never be used to support or help anyone or any place that would put us in harm’s way.