Note: The above photo does not feature the kissing girls in this story. It’s from a 2015 pride parade in Hanoi, Vietnam, and I picked it because girls kissing is beautiful, and I wanted there to be a picture of that.
The teenage girls put on trial for kissing in Morocco have been acquitted, because there are apparently still at least a few happy endings left in the dumpster fire that is the year 2016.
According to The Independent, the girls, 16 and 17-years-old, were placed on trial after one of their mothers reported them to law enforcement. Under a law forbidding “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex,” they each faced up to three years in jail. (The Human Rights Watch has fought to repeal the law, arguing that, “Repealing the ban on same-sex acts among consenting adults would both affirm Moroccans’ right to privacy and help to protect people from hate crimes.”)
On Friday, the judge acquitted the girls to the delight of the LGBTQ rights groups that rallied in support of their trial. “They should have never been in front of the prosecutor or the judge,” their lawyer, Rachid El Ghorfi, told The Independent.
Head over to The Independent for the full story, then read our piece on which Instagram accounts to follow for pride inspiration.
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