State Department to Host Google+ Hangout on Visa Processing for Same-Sex Couples

The State Department will host a Google+ hangout tomorrow to discuss guidelines for visa application for same-sex couples.

KerryFrom the State Dept:

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Department of State would begin processing visas for same-sex couples in the same manner that it considers applications for opposite-sex spouses.  On Thursday, August 8 at 1 p.m. EDT, the Department will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss what these new guidelines mean for both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants.

On hand to answer questions will be David Stewart, Consul General of the U.S. Embassy in London; Don Heflin, Managing Director of the State Department’s Visa Office; and Victoria Neilson, Legal Director of Immigration Equality, which advocates on behalf of LGBT and HIV-positive individuals. Chris Johnson, chief political and White House reporter for the Washington Blade, will moderate the hangout. 

The hangout will be broadcast live on the Department of State’s YouTube channel and Google+ page.  Questions can be submitted in advance via Facebook and Twitter using #AskState and tweeting at @StateDept,@TravelGov, or @USAinUKCGCorner.


  1. Kev C says

    As usual, liberal politicians are utilizing exclusively liberal technology to further a pro-foreigner, anti-American agenda that seeks to flood our nation with undeserving individuals who will only dilute our culture for the sake liberalism. Sad.

  2. K in VA says

    It’s bloody awesome that somebody at State came up with the idea of setting this up.

    Visas and other big stuff matter a great deal. So do all the steps taken — large and small — to put equality into place.

    Thanks to everyone involved, from the SCOTUS majority to Obama to Kerry to every State employee working on this.

  3. andrew says

    Secretary of State John Kerry is a great American. As a young man, he bravely fought in the Vietnam War and when he came home he was a leader in the group: Vietnam Veterans Against The War. For decades in Congress he was a leader in the fight for progressive causes. Now as Sec of State he is lending his support for the cause of LGBT equality.

  4. J.J. in the Navy says

    There are so many foreign-born people here in the US who deserve to be called “Americans” more than a lot of folks born here. Kev C is a loser.

  5. Nanuq says

    It’d be nice if the IRS were that efficient with new “guidelines.”

    My sweetie and I are due over $10k in overpaid taxes, and we’re already missing one year that we can’t file an amended return on (deadline expired).

  6. TimD says

    Kev C is just stirring the pot, but “using exclusive liberal technology”?? Where the heck did that come from. Are conservatives still using cans and string to talk?

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