The Cairo 52 were defended by international human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International.
However, they had no organized internal support, pleaded innocent, and were tried under the state security courts.
The provisional constitution, approved by voters in 2011, does not specifically address LGBT-rights and the Egyptian government continued to oppose a failed United Nations declaration that would condemn anti-gay discrimination and harassment.
In 2013, Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef said on The Daily Show, in an interview with Jon Stewart, that he had been charged with "propagating and promoting homosexuality and obscenity" by the Morsi government.
When you are known by only your first name, as Ellen De Generes is, you kind of are a big deal.