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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Spain's step for asylum

Wow. The Netherlands and Canada already offer asylum to gays and transgendered peoples, and now Spain now wants to as well.

Spain is about to join the Netherlands, Canada and a growing number of other countries that grant political asylum to gays and the transgendered.

People fleeing their homelands over persecution over their sexuality would be granted status under the new law proposed by the government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

LGBT applicants in the United Sates are often granted asylum, however some judges continue to deny claims. Last month a gay Zimbabwe man who says he faces persecution at home has had his appeal for asylum rejected by a federal appeals court.

This is really important and impressive. Well done, Spain!

Listen to this:

A spokesperson for the Spanish government said it was amending its asylum laws to bring the country into line with other "progressive" countries.

Spain in June became the third country to legalize same-sex marriage.

It's the little things that restore one's faith in humanity.


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