Target: U.S. Department of State
Goal: Applaud the U.S. State Department for allowing gay couples the same rights as straight couples with visas
Secretary of State John Kerry announced recently that the United States government would begin treating visa applications for married gay couples the same as it does for married straight couples. If a foreign person is married to an American citizen it is easier for them to obtain a visa. Now gay couples who are married will have the same privileges with visas that straight people have always had.
Kerry explained the new policy in a statement that he made while in London. He said, “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.” He also mentioned that this policy will be in effect immediately.
The reason for this new policy is due to the Supreme Court’s ruling in June that overturned a significant part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The policy used to be that even if a gay person was legally married to a foreign citizen, it would not be recognized when applying for a visa. Now countries that have legalized same-sex marriage will be considered as well as the states in America that have legalized it.
It is said that this new policy will be implemented at all of the 222 visa-processing posts around the world. It does not matter if it is in a country where gay marriage is still illegal or not. Commend the U.S. State Department for allowing gay married couples equal privileges with visas.
Dear U.S. Department of State,
Since the Supreme Court overturned key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, you have taken action to allow same-sex couples the same rights as straight couples when it comes to visas. In the past, if a U.S. citizen was married to a foreign person of the opposite sex, they would have an easier time obtaining a visa.
Now, it does not matter the gender of the couple who are trying to obtain a visa. Secretary of State John Kerry made the announcement while at the U.S. Embassy in London, where same-sex marriage was recently legalized. The new visa policy is said to take effect immediately all visa-processing posts around the world.
Even though gay marriage has not been legalized by the United States federal government, it is important that the gay couples who are married legally have the same rights as straight couples do with visas. Now, the next step would be to legalize gay marriage so all gay couples can receive the same benefits that a marriage allows to straight couples.
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