“A Guatemalan man who made up a story about political persecution to obtain asylum in the United States, then later said he had feared for his life because he is gay, lost his appeal for asylum Monday. Two judges with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said in an opinion filed Monday that it would be a ‘manifest injustice’ to allow Saul Martinez to benefit from gaming the system after he lied under oath. A third judge disagreed, arguing that it was easy to understand how a man who was persecuted because of his sexual orientation felt compelled to invent a story to escape from that persecution.” [Mercury News]