U.S. Customs To Recognize Same-Sex Families At Borders

U.S. Customs To Recognize Same-Sex Families At Borders

Breaking News: With very little heads-up, there has been a change in policy regarding the processing of same-sex families through United States customs, though I could find no official press release anywhere.

Customs Agent

Image: CBP Photography via Flickr


As ThinkProgress reports:

"The Department of Homeland Security announced today that same-sex families will soon be able to cross the border together, filing just one form for all “members of a family residing in one household.” Before, married same-sex couples had to go through customs separately because the policy referred to married couples, and thus fell under the purview of the Defense of Marriage Act. The proposed change will undergo a series of reviews and a period of public comment before it takes effect."

I sent this to Primo, my travel buddy, who happens to be gay, married, the owner of two passports and a rabid political animal. His response: "That's a big deal! Electioneering, to be sure, but most welcome."

Congrats to all GLBT families bitten by the travel bug - this is happy news. 

Safe travels!


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