This time it's Pakistan. The couple denies it was a wedding, authorities insist they have proof.
Malik Muhammad Iqbal is a man. Rani was born a man but lives as a woman. Both are locked up in a northwest Pakistani jail awaiting trial because police say they tried to get married. In Pakistan, that's a crime. "Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal," says the country's penal code, "shall be punished with imprisonment."
Eighteen-year-old Rani says Iqbal, a 42-year-old fertilizer dealer, is a friend—not a lover. "We were only celebrating my birthday," Rani said.
But prosecutors say it was a marriage that was taking place. Police smashed their way in, broke up the party, arrested 43 dancing guests, Rani and Iqbal. Iqbal says he was just another guest at the party. "This was not a gay marriage," he said. "These are just false allegations." Peshawar police Chief Shoukat Ali disagrees. Officials say they have photographs and a wedding dress to prove it.
You would think authorities in Pakistan would have more important things to worry about.