SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal judges have permitted a gay Filipino immigrant to stay in the U.S. despite deportation orders because he has suffered persecution for his sexual orientation in his native land.
In a decision issued Wednesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said 37-year-old Dennis Vitug was harassed and threatened by police in his native Philippines for being a homosexual.
According to Vitug's account, as detailed in the decision, when he was a teenager, other students bullied him and administrators threatened him with expulsion for his effeminate manner.
In 1991, after the family lost their home to the volcanic eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Vitug was denied shelter by his extended family because of his sexual orientation. He moved to Manila alone at age 16, where he was threatened by police, beaten and robbed.