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New Zealand: Turkish woman denied visa for same-sex marriage

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A New Zealand woman’s wedding plans is in limbo after Immigration New Zealand refused to grant a visitor visa for her female partner from Turkey.

Elisa Garcia, 20, a student from Te Puke, met her partner Nour Malla, 22, a graphic design student, online in March last year.

Garcia travelled in July and October to Lebanon, where Malla was currently staying with family, and stayed with them for a month each time.

Love developed, they got engaged and planned to get married in New Zealand on their first anniversary this March.

However, their plans have hit a brick wall after INZ declined Malla’s visitor visa application.

The decision to decline Malla’s visa was made by officers in INZ’s Beijing office.

“I believe the reason for declining the visa is because we are a same sex couple, and the application was assessed in Beijing, China, a country where… people are being put into camps for being gay,” Garcia said.

Same-sex couples are generally frowned upon in China, and until 2001 being gay was regarded as a mental illness.

Garcia said they felt “hopeless and hurt” because there were no avenues for them to appeal the INZ decision.

Continue reading: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz
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Lesbian couple found safe in Istanbul

Women were missing for three days after one of their fathers tricked them into flying to the Middle East.

Continue reading at: ‘Vanished’ lesbian couple found safe in Istanbul (Source)

Lesbian couple vanish after father tricked them into flying to Middle East

A London-based lesbian couple has vanished after being ‘tricked’ into flying to the Middle East. Maria Jimena Rico Montero, originally from Argentina, and her Egyptian girlfriend Shaza Ismail have not made contact with their family since Monday (24 April).Montero’s mother alleges Ismail’s ‘disapproving’ father tricked them into flying to Dubai. Homosexuality is punishable by death in the United Arab Emirates.

Continue reading at: Lesbian couple vanish after father ‘tricked’ them into flying to Middle East (Source)