State Department changes visa rules for same-sex partners of foreign diplomats

APPresident Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he leaves a rally Monday Oct. 1 2018 in Johnson City Tenn

"Same-sex spouses of US diplomats now enjoy the same rights and benefits as opposite-sex spouses", which the USA mission wrote in their declaration, "Consistent with [State] Department policy, partners accompanying members of permanent missions or seeking to join the same must generally be married in order to be eligible".

Effective Oct. 1, "U.S. Embassies and Consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same-sex marriage in the same way that we adjudicate applications for opposite gender spouses", the State Department said on its website.

"It is an unfortunate change in rules, since same-sex couples, unlike opposite-sex couples, have limited choices when it comes to marriage", U.N. Globe, a group that advocates for LGBT staff at the U.N., said in a statement released before the change.

The new policy affects at least 10 United Nations employees. The 2009 policy, however, did not allow a heterosexual domestic partner of a US or foreign diplomat to enter the country on a diplomatic visa.

In a call on Tuesday, the State Department said that after the July issuance of the memo, Trump administration representatives explained to diplomats and United Nations officials that they would try to work with individuals to comply with the new rules.

The official said the United States was aware that many gay couples faced a lack of acceptance in their home countries but that the United States wanted to "ensure equal treatment and reciprocity".

"Needlessly cruel & bigoted", former ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said on Twitter. The partner must show proof of marriage by December 31 or leave the country within 30 days.


She noted that only 12 percent of United Nations member states allowed same-sex marriages.

"Same-sex spouses of USA diplomats now enjoy the same rights and benefits as opposite-sex spouses", the note said. For those same-sex partners already in the US and now holding a visa, a deadline has been set.

Same-sex marriage is only legal in a handful of countries worldwide.

Ms Kumar said there are documented cases of death threats being sent to same-sex partners and their families who decide to marry overseas when the act is illegal in their home country. Homosexual conduct is illegal in 75 countries.

Pressman, who advocated for global LGBT+ equality during his time at the United Nations, added: "If that's how you advance equality between same-sex and opposite-sex partners, then we have an enormous problem on our hands".

LGBTQ activists, for their part, have expressed alarm that the move will actually harm these couples, many of whom hail from countries where same-sex marriage is illegal.

A U.S. official said that some 105 families now residing in America would be impacted. However, in many situations registering a marriage could put same-sex couples at risk in a way that privately providing evidence of a domestic partnership would not have done.

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