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Kerry announces new visa policy – State Dept. will now treat all married couples the same

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new visa policy on August 2, under which same-sex couples will be treated the same as opposite-sex couples. Speaking at the U.S. Embassy in London, Kerry said the State Department is ‘tearing down an unjust and an unfair barrier that for too long stood in the way of same-sex families being able to travel as a family to the United States’ by changing the policy. ‘I’m very pleased to be able to announce that effective immediately, when same-sex spouses apply for a visa, the Department of State will consider that application in the same manner that it will consider the application of opposite-sex spouses,’ Kerry said. ‘And here is exactly what this rule means: If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, your visa application will be treated equally. If you are the spouse of a noncitizen, your visa application will be treated equally. And if y

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