European Court: Gay Refugees May Have Grounds for Asylum

Decision impacts all 28 member states

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The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that refugees who face imprisonment for being gay in their home countries might have cause for E.U. asylum.

Sexual orientation is a “characteristic fundamental to a person’s identity,” the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice found, and laws that imprison homosexuals “may constitute an act of persecution per se” if they are routinely enforced.

Dozens of countries around the world — many of them in Africa and the Middle East — have laws that criminalize people based on their sexual identity. It’s unclear how authorities will be able to prove a refugee’s claim of being homosexual; the same court isn’t expected to rule on that issue this year.

[AP]

6 comments
paulgeorges
paulgeorges

In a very  few time someone who's not gay or lesbian will be not normal !!!!!!!!   Now we will have the pleasure to have new kind of refugees ,what 's a shame when EU is with a big debit !



carmen.rodica24
carmen.rodica24

So let them in Europe to infest the healthy population just because they are gay! Nice future Europe, bravo!!!!

quatra
quatra

We switch. Africans to Europe and Europeans to Africa. Europeans win.

 

bachcole
bachcole

I am a conservative.  I don't have a problem with this ruling.  It is more important to care about other people than it is to push our morality on to them.  I will let them worry about their morality, and I will worry about my morality, in this case my compassion.

bachcole
bachcole

@rpearlston @bachcole   I think that that is fair enough to say.  Although I admit that I deeply prefer smaller government, I am sure that most TPers have to work at hiding the fact that they find gays disgusting.  But that is not an excuse to hurt people.