As of October 1, the Trump administration is longer granting visas to the unmarried, same-sex domestic partners of foreign officials and diplomats, including employees of the United Nations.
Effective Monday, same-sex partners of foreign diplomats only have until the end of 2018 to either get married or leave the United States, according to USA Today.
This marks the implementation of a memo which had been circulated around the United Nations headquarters in New York last month.
The State Department's website currently states, “Effective immediately, US 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.”
as they would ANYONE! Get married if you want a visa! JEEZ! You want equality, but DON'T want it at the same time!— ptcitychick (@ptcitychick) October 2, 2018
People on the left, however, criticize the move as discriminatory. This is, in part, because very few countries outside of the United States even recognize same-sex marriage, making it impossible for many diplomat couples to meet the requirements.
Needlessly cruel & bigoted: State Dept. will no longer let same-sex domestic partners of UN employees get visas unless they are married. But only 12% of UN member states allow same-sex marriage. https://t.co/MjZpRVLYcf— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) September 28, 2018
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