U.S. to partners of U.N. LGBTQ staff: Get married, or get out

The State Department began imposing a new policy that restricts visas for the same-sex partners of staff of U.S. - based international organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The policy ends a policy that allowed these same-sex partners to obtain a spousal visa, also known as the G-4 visa. According to the new policy, the United States will issue a G-4 visa to a partner only if the couple is legally married. That means that U.N., World Bank, and IMF staff from countries that do not recognize same-sex marriage face a stark choice: enter a relationship that could result in prison time back home, or abandon their relationship for their career. Inclusive Viewpoint: The world is changing, the world is interconnected, the world is small. As a result, it is very important that global organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund remain open to a rapidly changing world, develop policies that connect us not separate us, and make sure everyone has room and feels at home in an increasingly smaller world.

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