Gay asy­lum rul­ing re­versed

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation -

GE­OR­GIA

AU.S. im­mi­gra­tion judge re­lied on stereo­types of ho­mo­sex­u­als when he de­nied asy­lum to a Ser­bian man who said he was per­se­cuted in his home coun­try for be­ing gay, ac­cord­ing to a fed­eral ap­peals court.

The im­mi­gra­tion judge re­jected an asy­lum pe­ti­tion by Mladen Zeljko Todor­ovic in part be­cause he said Todor­ovic did not dis­play ef­fem­i­nate traits.

“The court stud­ied the de­meanor of this in­di­vid­ual very care­fully through­out his tes­ti­mony in court to­day, and this gen­tle­man does not ap­pear to be overtly gay,” Judge Carey Hol­l­i­day said in a rul­ing in Mi­ami.

The 11th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals re­versed the judge’s de­ci­sion this week and or­dered a new asy­lum hear­ing that is “free of any im­per­mis­si­ble stereo­typ­ing or un­grounded as­sump­tions about how gay men are sup­posed to look or act.”

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