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Gay Russian Couple Seeks Asylum In U.S.

Igor Bazilevskii, left, and Andrew Nasonov are a married couple seeking asylum in the U.S. because of anti-gay propaganda laws in their home country of Russia. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Nasonov)
Igor Bazilevskii, left, and Andrew Nasonov are a married couple seeking asylum in the U.S. because of anti-gay propaganda laws in their home country of Russia. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Nasonov)

Today, gay couples can legally marry in 19 countries and 36 U.S. states. Yet, as gay rights both here and abroad expand, many countries, like Uganda, Nigeria and Russia, have become more oppressive for sexual minorites.

As a result, more and more LGBT people are coming to the U.S. to escape persecution.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Lauren Ober of WAMU brings us the story of Andrew Nasonov and Igor Bazilevskii, who have joined dozens of other LGBT Russians seeking asylum in the U.S.

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