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LGBT Network Responds to President Trump's Decision to Deny Visas to Same-Sex Partners of Unmarried Diplomats and Officials

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (October 2, 2018) – National LGBT leaders are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s decision to stop granting visas to the same-sex partners of diplomats and officials at U.S.-based international organizations like the United Nations – unless they’re married.

Trump’s ruling reversed a policy put in place by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in 2009 that said a domestic partnership was enough for both partners to receive visas.

New York LGBT Network President/CEO David Kilmnick, PhD, has denounced Trump’s policy requiring same-sex partners to either marry, separate or leave the country by the start of 2019.

“This is discrimination, clear and simple. There is absolutely no reason to issue this senseless ruling other than to pander to the conservative right. Trump’s administration’s policies are filled with bias and hate and do not represent the American values of liberty and justice for all. Trump and his cronies should not only fear a blue wave but a Rainbow Tsunami in the midterm elections. We need to restore America back to a land that is full of opportunity for everyone,” said Kilmnick.  



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