Yesterday the Supreme Court overturned the deportation of two men from Iran and Cameroon. They had been refused asylum on the grounds that they could avoid ill-treatment by hiding their sexuality or behaving discreetly.
Campaigners warned it could mean millions might try to claim they are gay to qualify for asylum in Britain. Supreme Court judge Lord Rodger said gay people's right to live freely must be protected.
There's a serious point missing in the ruling. The Supreme Court has accepted the word of the two men. They must have done. How can anyone prove they're gay other than have photographs taken of themselves in compromising situations with adults of the same gender.
I'm uncomfortable with this as I can see sexuality being used repetitively as an excuse for asylum in Britain. The gay lobby has progressed substantially in recent years and I admire their tenacity and ability to get such media attention even though they are a small minority of our population, but when Iain Dale remarks on the Sky News press review that he too isn't happy with possible abuse of this ruling, then it's worth taking note. He's a prominent person in the gay community and deserves to be listened to on the subject.
Maybe someone more knowledgeable of European Court rulings can let me know if this is applicable to all EU countries or only to Britain. I suspect the latter.