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Trump Administration Begins Denying Visas to Same-Sex Partners of Diplomats
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=46531"><span class="small">Molly Olmstead, Slate</span></a>   
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:55

Olmstead writes: "On Monday, the Trump administration began denying visas to same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations employees, requiring those already in the U.S. to either marry or leave the country by the end of the year."

The 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly takes place in New York on Friday. (photo: Don Emmert/Getty Images)
The 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly takes place in New York on Friday. (photo: Don Emmert/Getty Images)


Trump Administration Begins Denying Visas to Same-Sex Partners of Diplomats

By Molly Olmstead, Slate

02 October 18

 

n Monday, the Trump administration began denying visas to same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations employees, requiring those already in the U.S. to either marry or leave the country by the end of the year.

According to Foreign Policy, the administration has argued that the rule would update its international visa standards with standards from the 2015 Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the U.S.

But the rule creates difficulties for those diplomats from countries where same-sex marriage is still illegal. The majority of countries in the U.N. do not allow same-sex marriage, and some countries that criminalize it could prosecute those couples who do marry abroad upon their return.

The U.S. mission to the U.N. sent out a memo explaining the new policy in July. In the memo, the administration explained it was reversing the 2009 decision by Hillary Clinton to grant visas to domestic partners of U.S. and foreign diplomats because that decision did not grant the same right to opposite-sex domestic partners.

“Same-sex spouses of U.S. diplomats now enjoy the same rights and benefits as opposite-sex spouses,” the memo said. “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” for a diplomatic visa.

Under the new rules, foreign domestic partners of diplomats and other U.N. officials must show proof of marriage by Dec. 31 or leave the country within 30 days, according to Foreign Policy. Those still living abroad but with pending posts to the U.S. cannot enter with a diplomatic visa without that proof.

According to Foreign Policy, there are at least 10 U.N. employees who would need to get married by the end of the year to keep their partners’ visas.

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+3 # wilhelmscream 2018-10-02 19:21
Racist an a tax cheat!! Trump cooked the books for years
 
 
-1 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2018-10-02 22:37
Did the rules specify that the marriages of the same sex couples would have to uphold the same standards as the current President?

Will the diplomats be required to have sex with people who are not their spouses, to pay these other people off to keep quiet, and to pay for their abortions or other medical treatments resulting from their sex outside the marriage?
 
 
+1 # ddd-rrr 2018-10-03 07:23
"Evil is as evil does!"

This is obviously a mean, bigoted response
from a mean, bigoted US "administration " which now forces
the unmarriable life-partners of foreign-origin gays to choose between
doing the impossible or losing the company of those they love.
This is yet one more truly reprehensible action by a
thoroughly reprehensible "administration ".
WHY did ANYONE vote for
these jerks?!
 
 
-1 # Caliban 2018-10-03 11:58
"WHY did ANYONE vote for these jerks?!" -- Excellent question, # ddd-rrr. I just hope progressives can answer it -- and devise effective ways of fighting whatever power is working for the Trumpers before 2020.
 
 
+2 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-10-03 10:01
Huh? & the legal purpose of this vicious insanity is what?