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

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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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.

Victor R. Caivano, AP
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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