White House Not Granting Visas to Same-Sex Partners of Diplomats

The Trump administration has amended its policy to no longer permit the partners of LGBT diplomats to qualify for a visa unless they are married.

It’s silly to interpret this change as anything but an “F- you” to the gay community. With 88 percent of countries prohibiting same-sex marriage, that doesn’t leave many same-sex partnerships to fit the White House’s updated criteria.

Sign the petition: Tell the State Department to reverse this discriminatory policy.

Why is the Trump administration taking this course of action? Laughably, the State Department insists that it was a decision meant to “ensure and promote equal treatment.” A spokesperson contended that because unmarried significant others of heterosexual diplomats don’t quality for visas, it’s not fair to extend that offer to homosexual couples.

Okay, but that explanation totally glosses over the fact that options are limited for most gay diplomats. Show me some situations where diplomats are obtaining visas for people they’re only dating casually before I’m convinced this scenario is in any way being abused.

In case you’re wondering whether this actually affects many people, by the State Department’s count there are 105 families currently serving in the United States that will be immediately impacted. Same-sex partners currently residing in the country have until the end of the year (three months) to get out of the country.

The other option would be for the partners to quickly marry here in the United States in order to qualify for visas. While that is a solution to keep the couples together in the short term, it could create even bigger problems when they inevitably return to their home countries after their current job is complete. Some countries have criminalized those who enter same-sex marriages in foreign countries, so these couples are really damned if you do/damned if you don’t.

Furthermore, the rule would really hamper future LGBT diplomats who want to live with their partners. If they can’t get married in their native countries and can’t get the visas without a marriage license, how are the diplomats not already in the U.S. going to get their partners here to marry them?

The State Department also expressed it is open to granting “limited exceptions” for diplomats hailing from countries without same-sex marriage that have nevertheless made their own exceptions to allow same-sex partners of American diplomats to have visas. Such exceptions will not apply to those who work at international organizations (think the UN, WHO, the World Bank, etc.) so the scope is indeed “limited.”

Take Action

Just because other countries make the lives of homosexual people more difficult doesn’t mean the United States needs to follow suit. Sign this petition asking the State Department to reverse this ill-conceived policy to avoid splitting up the 105 families currently at risk.

47 comments

Latoya Brookins
Latoya Brookins4 months ago

Way to go alienating the people we're supposed to be forging & strengthening relationships with.

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Dave f
Past Member 5 months ago

The sad story again.

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Frances G
Frances G5 months ago

Signed, of course.

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Dave fleming
Past Member 5 months ago

Crazy that people can not just live and let live .

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Dave fleming
Past Member 5 months ago

Signed .

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Barbara M
Past Member 5 months ago

signed

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Paulo R
Paulo Reeson6 months ago

petition signed, ty

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Paulo R
Paulo Reeson6 months ago

no surprise from this administration.

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Tania N
Tania N6 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Tania N
Tania N6 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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