Anti-gay laws in Iran can vary quite dramatically depending on the situation. You can be charged for kissing someone of the same sex in public, for which you may be punished with up to sixty lashes of the whip. Then, if you are found guilty or caught in a sexual relationship with someone of the same sex, you can receive the death penalty for your acts. In 2005, two young boys were killed after being accused of partaking in homosexual acts. They were executed even amongst many letters and protests from different nations and activists condemning the harsh sentence.