Saudi Arabia outlaws the rainbow

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A few days after the White House was displaying the rainbow colors when the US Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage valid in all 50 American states,  a school in Saudi Arabia has been fined and one of its administrators jailed after a rainbow was painted on it.

Enforcers of the country’s strict Sharia code announced the measure on Twitter, claiming the rainbow was a “symbol of homosexuality.”

The edict comes from the Twitter account of the Saudi Society Channel, a branch of Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, a group seen as the Emirate’s ‘religious police’. Among other practices that it has banned are Valentine’s Day and and smoking for women.

The rainbow has since been removed from school and painted over in a much less ostentatious navy blue. The Talee al-Noor International School in Riyadh was fined 100,000 Riyals (around 25,000 euros) and one of its administrators sent to prison awaiting an investigation.