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BERLIN: Court Fines Family For Trying To Force 15 Year-Old Gay Boy Into Marriage

Via the Associated Press:
A Berlin court has fined three Lebanese men on allegations they seized a 15-year-old relative against his will in what he says was an attempt to force him into marriage because he’s gay. State Court spokesman Tobias Kaehne said Thursday the boy’s father and two uncles were each fined 1,350 euros ($1,430), or 90 days in jail, if they don’t pay. According to the complaint, in 2012 they took the boy, now 18, and forced him into a car and set off for Turkey. They were stopped at the Romania-Bulgaria border, and the boy was returned to Germany. There are few other details in the complaint, but the boy told Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper he had come out as gay and his father decided to force him into marriage.
The report doesn't say why the story took three years to come to light.

UPDATE: More on the story from Pink News:
The father of then 15-year-old Nasser El-Ahmed beat him, poured boiling water on him and threatened to ram a knife into his throat after he came out. One of the uncles also doused him in petrol and threatened to set him on fire. The boy told the Tagesspiegel newspaper that he had come out as gay, and as a result his father had decided to try and force him to marry a woman. He said he hoped his case would draw attention to issues faced by gay Muslim men.

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