Following Secretary of State John Kerry's announcement last week that the state department would immediately begin treating visa applications of married same-sex couples the same way it treats applications from opposite-sex married couples, the Department of State hosted a Google+ video hangout reviewing the change in guidelines.
The Washington Blade's White House and chief political correspondent, Chris Johnson, served as the moderator for the half-hour question-and-answer session, which also featured David Stewart, Consul General of the U.S. Embassy in London; Don Heflin, Managing Director of the State Department’s Visa Office; and Victoria Neilson, Legal Director of Immigration Equality.
Questions included whether the U.S. State Department will consider the amount of time binational same-sex couples have had to wait to get equal access to visas, how foreign domestic partnerships will be recognized by the Dept. of State, if gay and lesbian Americans legally married to foreign-born spouses can apply for green cards at international consulates, and several other key questions.
Watch the entire Google+ Hangout below.