Gay asylum ruling reversed
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.”