US Customs and Border Protection Will Recognize Gay Couples
With the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the United States Customs and Border Protection will allow gay and lesbian couples and families to file a joint customs declaration. So what is considered a legitimate same-sex couple? According to Customs and Border Protections, “included within the definition two adults who are in a committed relationship including, but not limited to, long-term companions and couples in civil unions or domestic partnerships where the partners share financial assets and obligations, and are not married to, or a partner of, anyone else” along with those couples who are legally married. The change in rules will also allow international couples to file only one customs declaration and the policy is expected to take effect 30 days from when the regulation is published—it is expected to be published this week.