Gay couple wins immigration appeal

The Immigration Appeals Tribunal ruled in favor of a same-sex couple, allowing law professor Leonardo Raznovich to be added to his spouse’s work permit as a dependent.

Announcing the decision Friday, Mr. Raznovich said in an email, “The Tribunal has fulfilled its legal duties by applying the existing law, without succumbing to considerable political and social pressures to do otherwise.”

The decision does not change Cayman’s legal definition of marriage, but opens up the ability for same-sex partners to be added to work permits in the same way that spouses are in traditional marriages.

Mr. Raznovich and his partner, who works for Maples and Calder, have been waiting more than eight months for the tribunal’s decision.

“Love and equality have prevailed,” he said.

See Monday’s edition of the Cayman Compass for the full story.