US embassy issues first visas for married gay couples

August 8, 2013 20:14


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The US embassy in Tel Aviv on Thursday issued derivative visas to gay couples for the first time.

A derivative visa is where one applicant – such as a spouse or child of an exchange student  – receives a visa through another applicant.

A statement put out by the embassy said that the recent landmark US Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act made the issuing of the visas possible to the spouses of two Israelis relocating to the US on work visas. The new rules make married same sex partners eligible for federal US benefits.

Ambassador Dan Shapiro and Consul General Lawrence Mire presented the approved visas at the Embassy's visa section in Tel Aviv to Sergey Shepshelevich and Alexander Polyakov, as well as to Elad Ben Yosef and Idan Frumin.

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