Gay couple to remain in Montreal
October 19th, 2011 - 8:55pm
MONTREAL - A gay Mexican couple who say their lives would be at risk if they return home won’t be leaving Montreal on Thursday after all.
David Perez and his partner, Pablo Gonzalez, were scheduled to return to Mexico on Thursday after their application for refugee status was turned down in June 2010.
Perez said he was beaten and sexually assaulted by his ex-girlfriend’s uncle, a Mexican police officer, after he broke off their engagement because he is gay.
After the couple’s refugee application was rejected, their lawyer asked the Canada Border Services Agency to delay their removal until their application to remain in Canada on humanitarian grounds is heard.
The CBSA rejected the request for a delay in the removal. However, a Federal Court judge
ruled on Wednesday that the couple can stay in Canada while they contest the CBSA’s decision.
“They are thrilled; they broke down in tears,” said Kathleen Hadekel, a lawyer who has been assisting the couple.
No date for the hearing has been set.