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Trump Admin. Revokes Visas to Same-Sex Partners of Diplomats

October 02, 2018 - 11:36 am

(KNX 1070) -- According to the State Department website, personnel were notified in July that preferential visas for same-sex partners of foreign staff working at the United Nations and other diplomatic missions will be revoked effective October 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 site says. 

Same-sex couples will now be required to marry by the end of December in order to stay in the U.S. or sent home by the end of 2018. Same-sex marriage is legal in only legal in a select few countries worldwide. 

“The change in policy reflects the Department’s goal to help ensure and promote equal treatment, consistent with the Department’s policies regarding opposite-sex couples and derivative eligibility for visas in other visa categories,” a State spokesperson said in a statement.

In 2009 former Secretary of Stat,e Hillary Clinton made sure the G-4 visa, normally afforded to spouses would extend to same-sex couples.

“With this change, the State Department is enforcing parity in the way they recognize opposite-sex partnerships and same-sex partnerships,” UN-Globe, a U.N. staff LGBTQ advocacy group, said in a statement. “It is an unfortunate change in rules, since same-sex couples, unlike opposite-sex couples, have limited choices when it comes to marriage.”

It's possible that exemptions will be made for couples who are from countries where same-sex marriage is not legally available but do accept U.S. same-sex diplomatic spouses.