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!

~Heather

BlogHer Section Editor, LIFE & GREEN; Contributing Editor, Animal & Wildlife Concerns; Proprietor, ClizBiz

Related Posts

Co-Housing Communities: A Life Shared

Recently, I moved to a co-housing community with my beau and the "How's life at the commune?" inquires began. Sadly, the 60s commune is the only reference most people have to community living. Well, I'm here to provide an updated concept of group living that is spreading across a nation full of people struggling to disconnect from their devices and connect with one another. With a resolve to cultivate more real-life connections in my own life, co-housing is precisely the atmosphere I crave.   Read more >

Pets in the Workplace: Dog Day Afternoons

Years ago, I worked at a small town newspaper where "Office Dog" was a regular position on the masthead. (Including a dog named Do who was verbally hard to chastise: "Do! Don't!") Workplace pets are surely on the rise but working like a dog (or rather, alongside one) isn't for everyone. Nevertheless, 75 million Americans believe pets in the workplace make people happier.   Read more >

My Cell Phone Company Knows Exactly Where I Am... So What?

In a recent New York Times article, we meet Malte Spitz, a German Green party politician who sued his wireless provider, Deutsche Telekom, to obtain their meticulous six-month record of his physical whereabouts. As a privacy advocate, Malte was up in arms about it, hired lawyers, refused to back down, won, and then, ironically, published the entire report online. And what did all that precious data reveal?   Read more >

Comments

In order to comment on BlogHer.com, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.