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US will no longer treat married gay couples’ immigration applications differently

‘Your visa application will be treated equally,’ John Kerry promises

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Credit: Public domain

The US State Department will begin processing visa applications for married gay couples in the same way it does straight couples’, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Aug 2, the Washington Blade reports

“If you are the spouse of a US citizen, your visa application will be treated equally,” Kerry said at the American embassy in London. “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.”

That means same-sex spouses, and children or stepchildren from same-sex marriages, will be able to get visas alongside any immigrant. 

Even couples that are not married, or cannot be married in their home countries, can apply for fiancé visas if they intend to marry.