John M. Becker

State Department Announces New Post-DOMA Visa Policy

Filed By John M. Becker | August 03, 2013 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: gay marriage, immigration, immigration equality, John Kerry, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, State Department, visa

"If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, your visa application will be treated equally. If you are the spouse of a non-citizen, your visa application will be treated equally. And if you are in a country that doesn't recognize your same-sex marriage, then your visa application will still be treated equally at every single one of our 222 visa processing centers around the world...

Now, as long as a marriage has been performed in a jurisdiction that recognizes it so that it is legal, then that marriage is valid under U.S. immigration laws, and every married couple will be treated exactly the same, and that is what we believe is appropriate."

-- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, announcing yesterday that the United States will immediately begin processing visa applications for same-sex couples.


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