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Same-Sex Spouses to Get U.S. Visas After Court Ruling

Aug 2, 2013

U.S. consulates worldwide will extend the same visa privileges to same-sex spouses as to other married couples starting immediately, Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

The decision applies to spouses of U.S. citizens as well as non-U.S. citizens. The change resulted from President Barack Obama’s order that U.S. government agencies review rules that discriminated against same-sex couples and might be invalidated by the Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.

“Every married couple will be treated exactly the same” provided that they were legally married in a jurisdiction where same-sex marriage is recognized, Kerry told employees in the consular section of the U.S. embassy in London, one of 222 U.S. visa centers worldwide. Kerry said the Supreme Court decision “tearing down an unjust and unfair barrier” was “one of those moments where policy and values join together.” - This article is written by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan from Bloomberg

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