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U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv issues first visas to married, same-sex couples

Sunday, August 11, 2013

TEL AVIV, Israel — The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv on Thursday issued the first derivative visas to same-sex spouses.

Derivative visas allow applicants to receive a visa through another person, such as a spouse or first-degree relative, who is eligible for residence in the United States

via: Haaretz
Idan Frumin (right) was granted a visa by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv after his spouse Elad Ben Yosef got a job in the U.S.

The embassy issued the visas to the same-sex spouses of two Israelis who have been granted work visas in the United States, reported the daily Ha’aretz.

U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro and Consul General Lawrence Mire personally presented the visas to the spouses of two Israeli men relocating to the U.S. for work.

Sergey Shepshelevich and Alexander Polyakov, and Elad ben-Yosef and Idan Frumin, were able to receive the visas under new U.S. State Department policies following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had prohibited married, same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits.

“We are delighted that Embassy Tel Aviv has now issued its first visas to a married same-sex couple,” Shapiro said. ”Gay rights are human rights, and our new visa regulations are an important step forward.”

On August 2, the U.S. State Department on Friday began processing visa applications from same-sex spouses in the same way that it handles those from heterosexual spouses.

The change was announced by Secretary of State John Kerry while on diplomatic travel in London.

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Israel, but the country recognizes same-sex marriages performed abroad, and offers legal recognition for cohabiting same-sex couples.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. Don´t ask, don´t Tel Aviv

    Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:05pm
  2. Mazal tov!!!

    Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:05pm
  3. Yeah!!!

    Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:06pm
  4. SUPER.

    Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:10pm
  5. Mazel tov! Break glass

    Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:11pm
  6. Great

    Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:13pm
  7. hot couple

    Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:19pm
  8. so cool !

    Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:27pm
  9. wonderful!

    Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:33pm
  10. L´Chaim

    Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:54pm
  11. Mazel Tov!!!!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 12:09am
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    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 12:37am
  13. Congratulations !!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 1:36am
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    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 1:37am
  15. Excellent!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 1:59am
  16. Wonderful :)

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 2:00am
  17. Congratulations beautiful guys <3

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 2:00am
  18. Mazel tov!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 3:16am
  19. tze nachon

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 3:47am
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    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 8:33am
  21. Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 4:29pm
  22. Cute couple, too! :) Mazel tov, guys!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 6:47pm
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    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 6:51pm
  24. good move

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 7:06pm
  25. I just wonder, why do Obama,Kerry and other American politicians just shut up about gay rights when they are in turkey? when turkish politicans totally obey them? a bit pressure for turkish governmet,pliz!

    Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 7:36pm