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Posted by taylor1
on 4 Oct 2018
I read that the US is changing the law so that UN diplomats with same-sex partners won't be able to get family visas for their partners. Is this true? I'm not a diplomat so obviously this doesn't apply to me specifically but as a gay man living in the US with his partner, changes like this make me worry about our future here.
Smith on 4 Oct 2018

To understand the changes to the diplomat visa, a bit of background is necessary. Though the UN has been in headlines regarding this change in policy, it applies to all diplomat visas, not just those of UN workers.

In the past, same-sex partners of diplomats living in the US for work purposes were considered as falling under "family". Now, under the new policy, same-sex couples would need to be legally married in order for the diplomat's partner to qualify as family. The problem is that, in many countries in the world, same-sex marriage remains illegal, meaning that some couples will no longer qualify. According to news articles, around 100 families in the US will be affected by this.

One consolation is that it doesn't seem like regular partner visas are at risk. But the gay rights advocates feel that this is a strike against LGBT+ rights in the US and it does seem to be part of a general move towards more conservative views and policies in the current US government.

A couple of good links if you want to read more: 

theoccolvin on 4 Apr 2019

I wouldn't be worried. 

According to a recent survey, 67% of Americans supported same-sex marriage. The laws aren't going to change any time soon, and it is likely that you won't face many difficulties caused by the US goverment directly.

Hope this helps!

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