The lawyer of one of two men who’s UK Supreme Court case determined that gay and lesbian asylum seekers could not be told to hide their sexuality says it was an Australian High Court ruling that paved the way for the decision.

S. Chelvan said a ruling by Australian Supreme Court Justices, including Michael Kirby, in 2003 had been misinterpreted by a court of appeal which had ruled the men could live safely in their home countries if they were prepared to hide their sexual orientation.

“The Supreme Court decision makes it clear that a lesbian, gay or bisexual person has the same right to live openly and freely as a straight person — to be able to be as free to express sexual identity and form relationships.”

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