John M. Becker

Gay Russian Asylum-Seekers Marry in D.C.

Filed By John M. Becker | October 20, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Andrew Nasonov, asylum, gay marriage, Igor Bazilevsky, marriage equality, Russia, same-sex marriage, wedding bells

wedding-meridianhill.jpgBilerico Project guest blogger and gay Russian asylum-seeker Andrew Nasonov married his fiancé, Igor Bazilevsky, in a private ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

As Bilerico has previously reported, the couple left Russia earlier this year after enduring hate-motivated beatings, death threats, job losses, and even kidnapping by police, due to their pro-LGBT human rights advocacy.

After the ceremony, the couple traveled to the White House, site of their frequent human rights protests, for photos.

Nasonov announced the wedding in a post on his personal blog:

Almost 4.5 years ago, we met and immediately fell in love. Ever since, we've dreamed of not only living together, but becoming a real family. Today, we can finally say: We are a family!

A year ago we could not even imagine that our lives would be like this: that we'd leave for America, and that we would be legally married. But today, this is our reality.

Nasonov says he and Bazilevsky are grateful for all who are working so hard for marriage equality in the United States, because that work made their wedding day possible.

Andrew and Igor are friends of mine, and they asked me to perform their legal wedding ceremony. Doing so was one of the greatest honors of my life. As I said on that day, they left their families, friends, jobs, and lives behind - all so they could start a new life together, in happiness and safety, in the United States. Their new life can now begin, and their love is an example to us all.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

More photos of the wedding are after the break. All photos by Michael A. Knaapen; used here with permission.

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