20 Democratic Senators Urge State Department To Reconsider Visa Denials For Diplomats’ Same-Sex Partners

20 Democratic Senators Urge State Department To Reconsider Visa Denials For Diplomats’ Same-Sex Partners

Twenty Democratic Senators have sent a letter to the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo protesting the recent reversal of policy which allowed diplomats and United Nations workers to obtain visas for their same-sex partners to come to the United States.

From Politico:

In July, the U.S. mission to the United Nations informed foreign delegations that beginning Oct. 1, the State Department would no longer issue G-4 visas to same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and U.N. officials who are not legally married, reversing a policy that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had instituted.

According to the letter, 69 countries around the world criminalize same-sex relations. Additionally, in 10 countries — all U.N. member states — LGBTQ people face the death penalty for their orientation.

Under the new policy, diplomats’ and U.N. officials’ partners must produce evidence of legal marriage by Dec. 1 or leave the country within 30 days.

As I’ve previously reported, marriage may not be an option for these couples if homosexuality is outlawed or punishable by death in their home countries.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders also signed the letter.

Don’t bother looking for a Republican senator’s name – there aren’t any.