Gay Cruise Ship Allegedly Banned From Casablanca, Morroco

MoroccoCruise2,100 passengers aboard an all-gay Holland America Line cruise were told that their scheduled stop in Casablanca, Morrocco – despite previous confirmations – was being denied entry by port officials.

The stop would have been the first of its kind in the Muslim country, though the Tourism Minister in Morocco is denying that any official decision had been made and the ship is welcome to come to port. “We don’t ban cruise ships here and we never ask our visitors about their sexual preferences,” he told Reuters.

Whether or not the ship ever makes it to Casablanca is unknown, but the country’s tough stance on same-sex relationships (it’s illegal, and one can be jailed for 3 years), begs the question why a group like this would choose to go there anyway.

Source: Reuters