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Dutch Relax Rules For Gay Binational Couples, Gay Refugees

Dutch Relax Rules For Gay Binational Couples, Gay Refugees

The Netherlands is to introduce a temporary residency permit for gay would-be immigrants who want to move to be with a Dutch partner but cannot do so because they are not married.

At the moment, foreign partners can only move to the Netherlands under family reunion rules if they are married or have a legally-binding relationship.

Since gay couples cannot either marry or register their relationship in many countries, the government is introducing the short-term marriage permit to help them get married and live together in the Netherlands. Once the couple has tied the knot, the permit can be swapped for an ordinary residency permit.

Other couples who are not allowed to marry because of religious or other legal constraints will also be able to take advantage of the new visa system, immigration minister Geert Leers told MPs on November 15.

The conservative government’s coalition agreement with the anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV) stated that couples could only be reunited if they are married, but the PVV has agreed to the change.

Leers has also agreed to an investigation into the abuse of LGBT people in Dutch asylum centers. The Minister will also look at the procedure regarding LGBT asylum seekers from Uganda. The Netherlands, uniquely, has a legal presumption in favor of LGBT asylum seekers from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, making it easier for those fleeing those countries to claim Dutch asylum. They are classed as ‘groups at risk’ and this means that the evidential burden in their cases is much lower.

Dutch asylum expert Sabine Jansen says:

LGBTs from Iran only have to ‘prove’ that they are LGBTs from Iran.

Although in practice it is a little more complicated than that – it is not clear what this low burden of proof consists of, and Iranian LGBTs who came out too late to the Dutch authorities or who committed crimes, still face problems (=rejections).

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8:32AM PST on Nov 21, 2011


5:09AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

In order to be a homophobe it has to occupy a significant part of your brain, and this means that homophobes are thinking about men/women rubbing penises/vaginas together in a 24/7 gay porno. That’s an awful lot of gay thoughts for supposedly straight people who hate gays. I bet even gay people don’t think about gay stuff as much as homophobes do.

Homophobes (aka Anti-Gay Movement) are not protesting against bestiality, pedophilia (with/without a priest involved), rape, sexual exploitation, or any other form of non-consensual sexual act in which a victim is forced against their will to participate

The Homophobes are protesting a private sexual act being performed by two consenting adults.


Homosexuals = fighting for the right to control their own behavior.

Homophobes = fighting for the right to control other peoples behavior.

2:09AM PST on Nov 21, 2011

Its good news for the people. Everyone should have the right to live with their partner; irrespective of their sexual orientation.

11:32AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

The Dutch finally get the hint! It's okay to walk down Amsterdam streets and be approached by prostitues and drug dealers but gosh, the country sure wouldn't let you love who you choose...


11:12AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

This may be good news,but I think the Dutch government took on more than they can potentially handle.

11:52AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Thank You for the article...

11:12AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

i am a proud dutchman~so let the world follow the example of te netherlands~

10:01AM PST on Nov 19, 2011


9:12AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

The dutch legalize everything, makes no sense

9:01AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Good for the Netherlands! They have been on the leading edge of tolerance since the 12th century and continue to lead! Hats off.

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