Saudi Arabia Objects to Creation of .Gay Internet Domain on Moral Grounds

Saudi Arabia is objecting to proposed new internet domains .gay, .bar, .baby and .islam, CNN reports:

DotgayThe country claims the .gay domain would promote homosexuality and would be offensive to "many societies and cultures." Saudi Arabia's Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) filed objections to 31 domain extensions, primarily on cultural and religious grounds.

The suffixes are some of the 1,930 top-level domain names currently being considered by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization in charge of managing Internet naming standards. If approved, the dot-extensions would be available for new URLs, joining familiar extensions .com and .org, and country extensions such as .uk…

…"Many societies and cultures consider homosexuality to be contrary to their culture, morality or religion," says the CITC, which regulates information technology in Saudi Arabia. The objections filed by Saudi Arabia highlight the cultural issues at play for many of the more controversial domains, including anything having to do with sex, gambling, drinking and religion.

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  1. Rovex says

    Dont like it, dont use it, seems obvious to me, but then that’s the problem with these religious types, they are control freaks and cant stand the idea that others aren’t like them.

    I dont really see the problem, just block all .gay sites! Im sure they will anyway.

  2. hornlongjohn says

    Who cares what they think, we really need to quit our dependence on oil so we don’t even need to listen to these camel jockeys in the sand.

  3. jason says

    The Saudis probably love .religious fascists or .thugs. They’re a vile group of people chained to the past and the dogma of fundamentalist screed.

  4. Jeff says

    It funny as KSA, because of the strict segregation of the sexes, is the gayest country in the Arab world

  5. saunamies says

    Well boo hoo….I object to them myself but I am not going to try and deny their freedoms or tehir lack of freedoms as they choose.

  6. says

    Ha ha ha……and we should be interested in their medieval dumb hangups ?

    Dear Sauds of Saudi Arabia move over and let democracy take you into the eighteenth century; obviously the twenty first century would be too much of a shock.

  7. Strepsi says

    @ROVEX — I agree the religious are control freaks, but it’s worse than that. Under this Wahhibist interpretation of Islam, if you do something that “offends” my religion, that i grounds for me to kill you!!!

    These same Islamic Republics have been pushing for years now in the UN to make “blasphemy” a crime — which should be very very frightening, not only to us queer people, but for women who like to work and drive, girls who like to play sports, and basically all rational people.

    I suggest the domain suffix .rbs for “religious B.S.” — that way we can easily identify the sites to avoid — many US Christianists could use it too!

  8. james says

    Publicly, they object. Privately, they undoubtedly see how much easier it will be to block sites with these “objectionable” domains. Or track Saudi’s who use them or access sites that use them.

  9. "The Gay" says

    Ironic, I object to it to.

    Because it makes it very, very simple for any country, like Saudi Arabia, to simply block that entire domain.

    Go figure.

  10. anon says

    There should never have been restrictions on TLD’s to begin with. The real scam was ICANN profiting off the limited number of good domain names. The Internet was born with three nearly fatal flaws that are now biting us badly: lack of default end-to-end encryption, only 4 billion IP addresses and only 2 widely available TLD’s. Each of these is only being partially addressed. Govts. seem to not know what is in their best interest either by blocking reforms in each of these areas.

  11. JDB says

    like many social conservatives these days, it doesn’t bother them that *they* might be exposed to “the gay.” it bothers them that *ANYONE* might learn more about LGBT people.

    That said, .gay is probably going to be a huge flop, so whatevs.

  12. Philip Wester says

    Saudi Arabia is objecting to the creation of domains connected to religion? So is Saudi Arabia against the creation of the domain “.islam”?