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Gay Ugandan couple to remain in Sweden

Gay Ugandan couple to remain in Sweden

Published: 01 Mar 2013 15:59 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Mar 2013 15:59 GMT+01:00

A couple who claimed to be the first Ugandan men to be legally married have learned they will be allowed to remain in Sweden after a flurry of death threats helped sway migration officials to drop a deportation order against one of them.

"It feels great. We're so relieved that the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) finally realized the truth," Jimmy Sserwadda told The Local.

On Thursday, Sserwadda and his husband, Ugandan national Lawrence Kaala, learned that the Migration Board had granted Kaala Swedish residency.

The decision amounts to a stunning reversal for Kaala, who had previously been ordered to leave the country after his application for asylum was denied.

The two had been married in late January in a church in suburban Stockholm in what is believed to be the first time that two Ugandan men had been wed in a church.

The ceremony was supposed to be a happy ending for the two men, who found themselves reunited in Sweden years after their relationship had been cut short due to persecution in Uganda.

While Sserwadda had been granted asylum, Kaala learned just days before the wedding that his application had been denied.

The couple scrambled to refile Kaala's application to receive a Swedish residence permit on the basis of being married to Sserwadda, but concerns remained that Kaala would still have to return to Uganda to complete the process.

"After our story appeared in English in The Local it began to circulate in Uganda and people started making threats that we would be killed if we returned," said Sserwadda.

"I think the explosion of media attention made migration officials realize how real the danger was. He couldn't return after being outed like that."

In granting Kaala's permit, the Migration Board waived the usual requirement that resident permit applications based on marriage be filed from the person's home country.

"Lawrence will not have to go back to Uganda," Sserwadda explained.

While he is thrilled that he will now be able to live freely in Sweden with the love of his life, Sserwadda remains critical of the handling of their case, and cases of other asylum seekers fleeing persecution for their sexual orientation.

"It's really a lottery. Sometimes the officials involved don't even believe you're gay," he said.

Sserwadda has vowed to assist LBGT asylum seekers who seek safe haven in Sweden.

"More and more are coming from all over the world and they need our help," he said.

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17:58 March 1, 2013 by flyintiger
Well, atleast they are not going to breed more welfare recipients, are they?
19:12 March 1, 2013 by Fernandis
They can't breed BUT they'll bring/adopt from somewhere. A recent interesting article shows that "Mercury causes homosexuality in male ibises ", perhaps these guys took too much of mercury :)

http://www.nature.com/news/2010/101201/full/news.2010.641.html
22:18 March 1, 2013 by Freyr
- See more at: http://www.thelocal.se/46494/20130301/#.UTEXdDCG2So
10:25 March 2, 2013 by prince T
This guy used gay connections to fool the system. I wonder why joisten, migga etc are quiet today
12:10 March 2, 2013 by flyintiger
This is what happen to countries that have no balls!
15:11 March 2, 2013 by HungarianAmerican1975
I am sincerely glad to see that countries all over Europe are finally waking up to this problem of third-world invasion. Whether they are Gay, refugees, asylum seekers or "guest workers", though nobody believes that term. They are destroying the ethnic heritage not to mention the social system that Europeans built... for their own kind.
16:58 March 2, 2013 by k2kats
Congratulations to the happy couple!

No law abiding citizen should be persecuted for who s/he is.
17:42 March 2, 2013 by flyintiger
Congrats to the nation of homos!
18:20 March 2, 2013 by Rishonim
Good for them.. May the have a long and happy life together
18:45 March 2, 2013 by allnotmoney
all this is just to distroy Africans mentality,who cares now u can stay,but you guys still remain a stain to the Africans useless couple
00:44 March 3, 2013 by Gardian
"It feels great. We're so relieved that the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) finally realized the truth," Jimmy Sserwadda told The Local.''

I doubt if that was the truth, I am asking the Migrationsverket to monitoring them, and you would know they were (straight men). !!

Its not the first case I mean we had Iranian who are very good of how to play the gay card and let the swedish government to think about the role the Islamic republic of Iran. Oh my god they will be stoned to death if we.... and after months they are straight with children. !

please for give us for not believing you.
08:22 March 3, 2013 by klubbnika
Calm down, you bunch of homofobs. If you don't like the way it is handled in Sweden, the door is open. Take your retarded views elsewhere.
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