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Kuwaiti homosexuals won't be exempt from military conscription

Homosexuals whose ID cards show them to be male will still have to undergo military training, say MPs

Kuwaiti homosexuals won't be exempt from military conscription
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Kuwaiti homosexuals will not be barred from military conscription, MPs have said during parliament.

Gay men would still be eligible for the military because their ID cards showed them to be male, the MPs said, according to Kuwait Times.

Only men who undergo gender change surgery would be exempt from military training, MP Saadoun Hammad was quoted as saying.

Homosexuality is not specifically outlawed in the Gulf state but it is illegal to cross-dress in public and gay men have been charged under the debauchery law.

In 2013, the director of public health told Al Rai newspaper the ministry was created a test to ‘detect’ homosexuals and prevent them from entering the country.

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