I picked up the local D.C. gay paper at my gym last night and found on the front page an article on the Iranian execution on which I blogged below. According to the essay in the Washington Blade (“Mixed reports on Iran hangings: Rights groups dispute claims teens were hanged for being gay“),
Research conducted by the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International has found, so far, that the teenagers were convicted of and executed for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old male, a crime that occurred when the two teens may have been minors.
The story is worth reading, along with another from 365Gay.com, “Full Story Behind ‘Iran Gay Hangings’ Mired In Controversy.” The information in the articles doesn’t change my view that the people who ordered and carried out the execution deserve the same treatment they meted out; even if the charge were rape, rather than consensual sex, and even if they were guilty, execution of minors for rape is a heinous and inexcusable crime. Furthermore, Iranians have stated that the issue of rape is raised in cases of consensual sex in order to avoid shame (and execution) for one of the parties and to further justify death for those charged. The lawlessness, cruelty, and pure evil of the Iranian clerical regime should be exposed for all the world to see.
Note: I had seen the article in the Washington Blade, but the other information was forwarded to me by my friendly webmaster, P.J. Doland.
UPDATE: Columnist Doug Ireland, to whose column I linked in the earlier piece, has a followup column that appeared in the Gay City News.