Applaud Equal Treatment for Same-Sex Spouses Seeking Visas


Target: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. State Department

Goal: Thank the federal government for honoring the rights of married couples regardless of their sexual orientation.

Secretary of State John Kerry announced that same-sex spouses seeking U.S. visas will receive treatment equal to heterosexual spouses. Effectively immediately, this change will apply to American and foreign same-sex couples and is estimated to affect up to 100 applicants already.

This updated policy follows the Supreme Court ruling that struck down legislation that denied homosexual spouses federal benefits given married heterosexual couples. Given that the marriage is recognized as legal in the jurisdiction in which it was performed, applicants’ will be given equal treatment in visa processing.

According to CNN reports, Kerry described in plain terms to consular staff in London the step the state department is taking with this measure: “tearing down an unjust and an unfair barrier that for too long stood in the way of same-sex families being able to travel as a family to the United States.” Thus, with this announcement, the State Department demonstrates its commitment to upholding this ruling while standing up for equality for both U.S. citizens and those coming to the U.S. from abroad.

Following the landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down legislation restricting the definition of marriage to heterosexual individuals, this timely move by the State Department marks a major step in recognizing individual rights within our country and presenting a more equitable face to our international neighbors. Commend the U.S. government for leading our nation toward more open-minded policy.


Dear U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. State Department,

I would like to commend you on your commitment to equal treatment for same-sex spouses seeking visas to the United States. Thank you for following through on the federal court ruling which recognizes the legality of same-sex marriages and for taking the initiative in leading our nation toward policy that protects equal rights.

Your actions hearten those who may continue to look to the federal government to represent and defend its people. Your active approach to guide more open, just treatment of one other is comforting and reawakens our national identity as one that accepts and is strengthened by diversity. I only hope news of this policy change spreads so that more people may join in support of this key government action.


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