• Sweden edition
 
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.

David Landes

Follow David Landes on Twitter

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

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.
Today's headlines
Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off TV
Grossed out Ica woman at Easter dinner. Screengrab from Ica

Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off TV

A Swedish supermarket has decided to withdraw its Easter commercial, after Christians complained it made a mockery of communion - "They crossed the line." Sweden's advertising watchdog will now look into the case. READ () »

Dismemberment killer gets sentence cut
The search and rescue operation in northern Sweden. File photo: TT

Dismemberment killer gets sentence cut

The 22-year-old man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in northern Sweden had his sentence reduced on Wednesday, in part due to his "peculiar personality". READ () »

School gas leak sends 25 to hospital

School gas leak sends 25 to hospital

An elementary school in southern Sweden was evacuated on Wednesday and dozens of pupils were taken to hospital after the smell of gas spread through the rooms. READ () »

Swedes vote for country's nicest cock
The Flymen Church weathercock in all its newly gilded glory. Photo: TT

Swedes vote for country's nicest cock

A Swedish churchwarden has reacted with joy upon finding out the parish has Sweden's nicest weathercock. READ () »

Greens push rich tax to finance schools
Per Bolund of The Greens. File photo: TT

Greens push rich tax to finance schools

Sweden's third largest party The Greens revealed its shadow budget on Wednesday, targeting schools and youth employment. High earners would have to pitch in more. READ () »

Holiday status updates 'not a burglary risk'
Ibiza, you say? File photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Holiday status updates 'not a burglary risk'

Mythbusting Swedish researchers have found no link between gushing about your upcoming holiday online and returning to an emptied house. They told The Local that a trip to Ikea could be much more dangerous. READ () »

Woman charged after accusing beggar of theft
The people in this picture are not those from the story. Photo: TT

Woman charged after accusing beggar of theft

A woman in Gothenburg who accused a beggar of robbing her has been charged with fraud and false accusations. READ () »

Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
Photo: Kungahuset

Swedish royals set baptism date for princess

Sweden's royal family has set the date for the baptism of Princess Leonore. READ () »

The Local List
Evidence Game of Thrones is set in Sweden

Evidence Game of Thrones is set in Sweden

With Swedish Game of Thrones fans frothing at the mouth at the season four premiere, The Local revisits its list of ten reasons why the hit books and show are (probably) based in Sweden. READ () »

'Baffling' Swedish raid on German sub makers
The Kockums Malmö shipyard and FMV headquarters. Files: TT

'Baffling' Swedish raid on German sub makers

After the Swedish military raided the Malmö premises of German defence giant Thyssen Krupp, a military expert tells The Local why recent Russian aggression means Sweden's Saab needs to take control of national submarine production. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
Advertisement:
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Society
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
Society
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
Society
'Blondes have more brains': Swedish study
TT
Society
VIDEO: Leaked 'Save Slussen' film goes viral
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching, March 28-30
ESL
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

737
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com