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Asylum decisions to be considered under new rules: May


The assertion follows Supreme Court verdict on gay, lesbian asylum seekers

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08 July 2010: Home Secretary Theresa May says asylum decisions will be considered under the new rules following the Supreme Court verdict on gay and lesbian asylum seekers.

The ruling has overturned a decision which refused asylum and said the men should keep their sexuality secret.

The Apex Court Judges also predicted more and more gays and lesbians were likely to have to seek protection here as protection was being denied to them by the state in their home countries.

May welcomed the ruling, and said it vindicated the coalition government’s decision to stop the deportation of asylum seekers whose sexual orientation had put them at proven risk of imprisonment, torture or execution.

May said she did not believe it was acceptable to send people home and expect them to hide their sexuality to avoid persecution.

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