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Russian gay couple marries in Buenos Aires, will seek asylum in Argentina

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Victor R. Caivano,  APRussian newlyweds Alexander Emereev, left, and Dmitry Zaytsev pose with their marriage book in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The two men, who are from Sochi, planned to apply for political asylum after their marriage ceremony at the civil registry in Buenos Aires.

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Russian newlyweds Alexander Emereev, left, and Dmitry Zaytsev pose with their marriage book in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The two men, who are from Sochi, planned to apply for political asylum after their marriage ceremony at the civil registry in Buenos Aires.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A same-sex couple from Russia’s Olympic city of Sochi has married in Buenos Aires and plan to seek asylum in Argentina.

Alexander Eremeev and Dmitry Zaytsev married at the civil registry in Argentina’s capital, accompanied by gay rights activists who say Argentina should provide refuge to people who are being persecuted for their sexual orientation in other countries.

The two are preparing their case before Argentina’s National Commission for Refugees, saying that now that they are married, they would face attacks and police persecution back home in Sochi.

Political asylum cases involving Russian gays and lesbians have increased sharply since Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a law banning so-called gay “propaganda” from reaching minors.

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36 more reader comments:

  1. Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:15pm
  2. They deserve to be happy and married just like so many other LGBTQ people all over the world and I wish them the very best

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:18pm
  3. congratulations

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:19pm
  4. Congratulations Guys.. Good Luck!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:20pm
  5. Good for them! Hope it all works out!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:20pm
  6. Congrats!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:21pm
  7. Argentina will give them asylum, that’s a given.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:21pm
  8. I wish the best for this couple!!! Stay Strong and Love each other!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:21pm
  9. I wish them the best of luck and many years of happiness!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:22pm
  10. “Before we give you asylum… Who is the greatest soccer player of all time?”
    “… Messi?”
    “OK, you’re in”

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:23pm
  11. God Bless!! May you have health and happiness in the future xx

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:23pm
  12. Stay safe and good luck.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:24pm
  13. Good for them.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:25pm
  14. i love it

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:25pm
  15. I hope it’s granted to them

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:25pm
  16. AUGH! Those OUTFITS!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:26pm
  17. Cute couple! I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and a lot of fun

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:27pm
  18. They should seek asylum in those outfits!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:34pm
  19. well done, guys. I cross my fingers for them in Argentina!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:41pm
  20. Congrats gentle-men and mazel tov! Be happy and live and love!! XO

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:45pm
  21. CONGRATULATIONS!!! ¡¡¡FELICITACIONES!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:48pm
  22. so glad they got out.. wish all the good ppl would!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:54pm
  23. <3 congratulations guys

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:57pm
  24. Congrats!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:00pm
  25. They should be arrested for the outfits!! But other than that…good luck gentlemen and congratulations

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:09pm
  26. Hopefully they will get asylum.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:13pm
  27. They’re cute! Good luck!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:15pm
  28. Good luck for both and a happy life

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:16pm
  29. Xorosho dlja ix

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:16pm
  30. awesome guys,,,congraulations and wish you all the best to come ;-)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:19pm
  31. That should be illegal

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:19pm
  32. Best of luck to you both xx

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:20pm
  33. being gay not easy

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:25pm
  34. Good luck

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:26pm
  35. que lindo el amor no tiene fronteras y restricciones…felicidades.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:34pm
  36. All the best for this couple! We’re Russians too who married in the U.S. because we couldn’t do so at home. Being married means to us a lot. We hope very much that one day equality comes even to Russia.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:40pm