USA ends diplomatic visas for United Nations same-sex partners

Trump Administration to Deny Visas to Same-Sex Partners of Diplomats, U.N. Officials

Trump Administration to Deny Visas to Same-Sex Partners of Diplomats, U.N. Officials

The U.S. State Department announced the policy change in July and on Monday it went into effect officially. Otherwise, they'll be forced to leave the US come 2019.

The restriction applies to both diplomats and United Nations employees.

Those affected have until the end of the year to get married or their partners risk having to leave the country within 30 days.

According to a notice posted on the State Department website, the USA will now consider applications from same-sex partners of diplomats and global officials the same way it does for heterosexual partners.

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Previously, under a 2009 policy implemented by then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton, same-sex partners were granted a spousal (G-4) visa.

"Only 12% of United Nations member states allow same-sex marriage", she wrote on Twitter.

The justification for this move is that gay marriage is now legal in the US, so it's only fair that gay and straight couples play by the same rules.

Meanwhile, homosexual activity is still considered illegal in 72 countries, ABC News said.

But now the White House will deny these visa requests, claiming that the change is "to help ensure and promote equal treatment".

About 12 percent of the 193 United Nations member states allow same-sex marriage, according to Samantha Power, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations who served under former president Barack Obama.

In a 12 July note to the United Nations, the US Mission to the United Nations lauded the change as a step towards equality, saying "same-sex spouses of US diplomats now enjoy the same rights and benefits as opposite-sex spouses", US media report. "It is a recognition and a codification of the fact that same-sex marriage is legal in the United States", the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

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.

This presents a variety of problems, especially for diplomats who hail from countries where same-sex marriage and homosexuality is illegal, unnecessarily jeopardizing their safety.

The US government should recognize, as it had for nearly nine years until today, that requiring a marriage as proof of bona fide partnership is a bad and cruel policy, one that replicates the awful discrimination many LGBT people face in their own countries, and should be immediately reversed. "Egypt, Tunisia, Cameroon, Tanzania, Indonesia, Uganda, Russia, and many other countries have arrested people for same-sex conduct".

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