New U.S. Policy Gives Equal Treatment to Same-Sex Spouses’ Visa Applications

New U.S. Policy Gives Equal Treatment to Same-Sex Spouses’ Visa Applications

"The United States will treat the visa applications of same-sex married couples in the same manner as opposite-sex spouses, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday, announcing a policy change set in motion in June, after the Supreme Court struck down a law against same-sex marriage.  The policy change, which will take effect immediately, will apply to American citizens as well as foreign same-sex couples, dependent only on the marriage’s having taken place in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage." - NYT, Aug. 3, 2013.