Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on Administration’s Decision to Halt Visas for Same-Sex Partners of Diplomats

October 2, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, issued the following statement in response to news reports that the Trump Administration has begun denying visas to same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats and U.N. employees and requiring those already in the U.S. to marry by the end of the year or leave the country:

“The Administration’s decision is arbitrary and dangerous, with the majority of countries not allowing same-sex couples to legally marry and 71 countries criminalizing same-sex relationships. LGBT couples working in the United States deserve the same treatment as their opposite-sex couple counterparts.  This new policy will put people’s lives at risk and force families apart. I urge the Administration to reverse its decision.”