Kerry Seeks Asylum for Homosexual Man Wed in Massachusetts

March 20, 2009 - 4:14 PM
Sen. John Kerry has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to grant asylum to a Brazilian gay man who's married to an American man still living in Massachusetts where they wed.
Boston (AP) - Sen. John Kerry has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to grant asylum to a Brazilian gay man who's married to an American man still living in Massachusetts where they wed.
 
Genesio "Junior" Oliveira was forced to return to Brazil in August 2007, when his application for asylum was denied. The Associated Press does not typically name rape victims, but Oliveira allows his name to be used. He has been married to Haverhill businessman Tim Coco since 2005.
 
The 28-year-old requested U.S. asylum because he was raped as a teenager. Rape of a man is not a crime in Brazil.
 
In his letter, Kerry says a judge ruled Oliveira never was physically harmed by the rape. He calls that claim "outrageous."