A gay male couple from Sochi, Russia on Tuesday married in Argentina.

According to Reuters, Alexander Eremeev, 45, and Dmitry Zaytsev, 37, exchanged vows before a judge at a civil registry in Buenos Aires.

The men said they suffered discrimination in Sochi, host of the just-ended Winter Olympics, and would seek asylum in Argentina.

“We are very happy to be able to do this after so many years,” Eremeev said in Russian to a media scrum. “We have known each other for a long time. We've been wanting to do this. We also want to thank Argentina – this magnificent country which gave us the possibility to formalize our romantic relationship.”

Russia has been heavily criticized for enacting several anti-gay laws during the lead up to the Sochi Games. Opponents claim the laws promote homophobia, which has led to increasing physical and verbal attacks against LGBT people.

According to the AP, Russians are increasingly citing gay marriage in asylum cases.