Blantyre - Two gay men arrested in Malawi after getting engaged have pleaded not guilty to charges of gross public indecency.
Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza appeared at a packed court in Malawi's biggest city Blantyre, where they will ask for bail on Monday.
The pair held a traditional engagement ceremony over the weekend - believed to be the first gay couple in Malawi to start the process of getting married.
Homosexual acts carry a maximum prison sentence of 14 years in Malawi.
He says some people congratulated them but other shouted insults.
Prosecutors say they will send the pair to hospital to prove they have had sex together.
They face three charges of unnatural practices between males and gross indecency.
Mr Monjeza, 26, hinted that he may consider calling off the proposed wedding, as he was sent back to prison.
Mr Chimbalanga, 20, dressed in women's clothes, refused to speak to journalists, beyond accusing them of writing "stupid" things.
They were arrested on Monday at the home they share.