Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Gay Couples Win U.S. Visa Parity

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Gay Couples Win U.S. Visa Parity

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The United States will treat the visa applications of same-sex married couples in the same manner as opposite-sex spouses, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

The United States will treat the visa applications of same-sex married couples in the same manner as opposite-sex couples, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

The policy change, which takes effect immediately, will apply to U.S. citizens as well as foreign same-sex couples, dependent only on the marriage's having taken place in a jurisdiction that recognizes it.

"Effective immediately, when same-sex spouses apply for a visa, the Department of State will consider that application in the same manner that it will consider the application of opposite-sex spouses," Mr. Kerry announced at the U.S. Embassy here.

"If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, your visa application will be treated equally," he said. "If you are the spouse of a noncitizen your visa application will be treated equally."

After the Supreme Court struck down a section of the Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as a union between a man and woman, President Barack Obama asked federal agencies to review their policies. …

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