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Ian McColgin
10-02-2018, 11:10 AM
[IMc - This is plain evil. Especially twisted as our homophobic SofS Pompeo is opposed to gay marriage and is here using a demand for marriage as a way to punish foreign gay people.]

Published on Tuesday, October 02, 2018, by Common Dreams

'Needlessly Cruel and Bigoted': New Trump Policy Denies Visas to Diplomats' Same-Sex Partners—Even If They Can't Marry in Home Countries
Those who currently live in the U.S. must now marry by the end of the year or face deportation

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer

In a policy change decried by Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as "needlessly cruel and bigoted," the Trump administration on Monday began denying visas to unmarried same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and U.N. employees—even if their home countries criminalize same-sex marriage.

According to a September memo (http://undocs.org/ST/IC/2018/25) circulated at the U.N.'s New York City headquarters, the new rules also mean that those who already reside in the U.S. and "who wish to maintain their G-4 visa must be ready to submit proof of marriage" by Dec. 31—otherwise, "they will be expected to leave the United States within 30 days."

The move reverses a policy implemented by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009, years before same-sex marriage became legal across the United States.

"The U.S. Mission to the U.N. portrayed the decision—which foreign diplomats fear will increase hardships for same-sex couples in countries that don't recognize same-sex marriage—as an effort to bring its international visa practices in line with current U.S. policy," Foreign Policy reports. "In light of the landmark 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, the U.S. extends diplomatic visas only to married spouses of U.S. diplomats."

In a tweet slamming the shift, Power—who, like Clinton, served under former President Barack Obama—noted that currently, only about 12 percent of U.N. member states allow same-sex marriage.

Human Right Watch's deputy United Nations director Akshaya Kumar further explained in a blog post on Monday that in more than 70 nations, "homosexual conduct remains illegal and in many, anyone found 'guilty' can be sentenced to harsh punishments including years in prison or even public caning."

Calling for a return to the previous policy, Kumar wrote:

While U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made his personal opposition to marriage equality known, this latest policy reversal does not fit trends worldwide. For example, in a July ruling, Hong Kong's highest court directed the government to recognize an unmarried same-sex couple for visa purposes.

The U.S. government should recognize, as it had for almost nine years until today, that requiring a marriage as proof of bona fide partnership is a bad and cruel policy, one that replicates the terrible discrimination many LGBT people face in their own countries, and should be immediately reversed.

At least 10 current U.N. employees will have to marry by the end of this year for their partners' visas to remain valid under the new rules, according to Foreign Policy.

U.N. Globe, which advocates for non-discrimination of LGBTI employees in the U.N. system, called the shift "unfortunate" and pointed out that those who marry in the U.S. to avoid deportation could face prosecution if they return to a home country that outlaws same-sex marriage or homosexual conduct more broadly.

S.V. Airlie
10-02-2018, 11:14 AM
I smell Steven Miller's f*rts here.

Tom Montgomery
10-02-2018, 11:16 AM
Bigots are running the Executive Branch of the U.S. Federal Government.

S.V. Airlie
10-02-2018, 11:18 AM
Bigots are running the Executive Branch of the U.S. Federal Government.And Miller is a big wheel in the bigot department.

CWSmith
10-02-2018, 11:18 AM
The dinosaurs are in charge, aren't they?

Art Haberland
10-02-2018, 01:24 PM
I see the reason.. Hillary Clinton allowed it. We all know that The Donald must undo everything that was done under President Obama

Osborne Russell
10-02-2018, 01:58 PM
How is Pompeo homophobic? I gotta start reading the paper.

wizbang 13
10-02-2018, 02:43 PM
My evangelical sister will approve.

S.V. Airlie
10-02-2018, 02:45 PM
My evangelical sister will approve.If her husband let her!

Ian McColgin
10-02-2018, 06:42 PM
It is, shall we say "queer", that evangelicals and homophobes would make a rule requiring gay marriage. It really proves their bad faith.

Gerarddm
10-02-2018, 07:43 PM
See my signature. Vote accordingly.

skuthorp
10-02-2018, 08:24 PM
Donald's mob are particularly adept at backing themselves into blind corners and making themselves look ridiculous.

Garret
10-02-2018, 08:35 PM
SB will be along soon to 1) explain why this is good & 2) wonder why we haven't worried about this for years.

wizbang 13
10-03-2018, 12:33 AM
If her husband let her!
Oh, She's a follower.