In this Oct. 18, 2014, photo provided by Michael Knaapen, Andrew Nasonov, right, and Igor Bazilevsky, pose for a photo after the couple was married at Meridian Hill Park in Washington. They both came to the U.S. from Russia in July, and are preparing to file an application seeking asylum in the U.S. The increase in the overall applications for asylum by Russians is due in part to the worsening anti-gay climate in Russia, according to Immigration Equality, a New York-based organization which provides legal services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigrants. (AP Photo/Michael Knaapen)