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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Send me your tired, your poor, your homosexuals and your lesbians.

In this opinion, a divided panel of the Eighth Circuit denies a petition for review filed by an alien claiming asylum on the basis of his homosexual orientation. William Kimumwe, a native of Zimbabwe, argued that he had been subjected to past persecution, and harbored a well-founded fear of future persecution, because he is gay. Back in his native country, Kimumwe apparently was in the habit of coercing or seducing non-homosexual males into having sexual intercourse. When his victims reported his behavior to the proper authorities, he was duly "punished", but in Kimumwe's mind, he was being "persecuted."

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