Opposition to the creation of the internet address ending .gay has been voiced by Saudi Arabia. Its Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) said the action would be "offensive" to some societies and cultures.
The authority has filed an official objection to the move with Icann - the organisation overseeing the rollout of hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLD). "Many societies and cultures consider homosexuality to be contrary to their culture, morality or religion," its submission said.
"The creation of a gTLD string which promotes homosexuality will be offensive to these societies and cultures. We respectfully request that Icann refuse the application for this gTLD."
The country has also objected to:
.sex on the grounds it would increase the proliferation of pornographic material on the web.
.virgin, .sucks, .dating and .baby because they might also be used by pornographic sites.
.tattoo because the practice is contrary to religions "such as Islam and Judaism".
.wine and .vodka since they could glamourise the consumption of alcohol.
.africamagic because it "implies that it is linked to black magic and this is considered offensive".More