Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Unmarried same-sex partners of diplomats will no longer get US visas

Anti-gay and petty. A new regulation is in search of a problem to solve.
Trump with Rainbow Flag
Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty
That “great friend” of ours has done it again. The Trump administration will no longer issue G4 visas to the unmarried domestic partners of people who work at the United Nations, NATO, the World Bank, the IMF and other organizations. Those currently in the United States have been given until the end of the year to marry or leave the country.

Citizens of conservative nations might put themselves at risk if it is discovered that they married in the United States. Some would face the prospect of lengthy prison sentences and even physical punishment. Worldwide, 26 of 195 countries have legalized same-sex marriage. Citizens of the remaining 169 countries have a problem.

The administration has said that the purpose of this regulation was to create parity with heterosexual couples. Heterosexuals are not prohibited from marrying in 87% of the world's nations. According to a statement on the State Department's website:
Effective immediately, U.S. Embassies and Consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same-sex marriage in the same way that we adjudicate applications for opposite gender spouses.
The State Department cites a DOMA (post US v. Windsor) FAQ for additional information. That is pointless and largely irrelevant.

The current policy was adopted in 2009 at the direction of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Trump gets a bigoted triple-dip. In one move he can reverse an Obama era policy while, at the same time, pander to conservative Christians and then create parity with Putin's Russia.

Notably, the interests of the United States are not served in any meaningful way. Our reputation is further damaged while some very talented people will not be able to serve organizations that are important to our nation's economy and security.

In 2015 Russia attempted to have the United Nations ban benefits for same-sex spouses of staff. The attempt failed but Trump has found a way to provide some measure of anti-gay discrimination. Trump is an idiot savant. At most matters he is an ignorant fool. Yet he is quite gifted when it comes to LGBT discrimination or marginalization.

Disgraceful!

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