The first incident of anti-gay violence justified by Islamic law in the Middle East/North Africa is reported in the US:

According to a police report filed in court, the gay man who was struck with the bottle and a friend had been walking along the C&O Canal near the 1100 block of 33rd Street, N.W., [Washngton, D.C.] at about 3 a.m. Oct. 3, when they were approached by Saad Elarch, 22, and Ruddad Abdulgader, 19, [Moroccans already convicted of other non-bias related offenses].

The report, which does not refer to the defendants by their names, said one of the two defendants asked the gay men if they were gay and one of the gay men answered, “Yes.”

Both defendants then began to call the gay men anti-gay names and stated, “Being gay is wrong,” the police report says.

The report says the defendants added that the two gay men “would be stoned to death in their country of origin,”

with one of the defendants stating, “The butt hole is made for shitting and not fucking, you fucking faggots.”

The report says one of the defendants instigated the other to hit the gay men with a bottle that the defendant held in his hand.

The defendants stopped calling the gay men names, the report says, but “all of a sudden” one of the defendants struck one of the gay men “in the face on the left cheek with a glass bottle that he was holding in his right hand.”

In court Wednesday, police said the defendant struck the victim with a Grey Goose vodka bottle.

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