State Dept. Now Recognizes Visas for Gay Couples

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The U.S. State Department is now recognizing gay marriages on visa applications, according to Secretary of State John Kerry.

"If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, your visa application will be treated equally," Kerry said Friday. "If you are the spouse of a non-citizen, your visa application will be treated equally."

"If you are in a country that doesn't recognize your same-sex marriage, then your visa application will still be treated equally at every single one of our 222 visa processing centers around the world," he explained.

Kerry said gay marriage is valid under U.S. immigration law so long as the couple wed in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex unions.

The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that gay couples are entitled to the same benefits as married heterosexual couples, invalidating a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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