#Senate #Democrats Seek Answers On US Citizenship Policy Affecting Children Of Same-Sex Couples Born Abroad

(CNN) — Senate Democrats are seeking answers from the State Department after a number of cases in which the children of same-sex US parents born abroad did not have their birthright citizenship recognized.

Senate Democrats are seeking answers from the State Department after a number of cases in which the children of same-sex US parents born abroad did not have their birthright citizenship recognized.

The letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, led by Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and signed by fellow Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, states that they “are deeply concerned by the growing number of reports indicating that the State Department may have deliberately altered internal guidelines regarding the processing of citizenship transmission for children born to U.S. citizens abroad in a manner disproportionately inhibiting same-sex married couples from transmitting citizenship to their children.”

“The crux of the issue appears to be the State Department's overriding focus on biological parentage of a child when determining eligibility for transmission, rather than the marital status of the child's parents,” the Monday letter said. “The Department's insistence that a child is only born 'in wedlock' if the child is biologically related to both of its married parents appears contrary to U.S. law as well as to American values. The lack of enforcement of similar strictures on opposite-sex couples raises serious constitutional concerns.” Jennifer Hansler, CNN/@CNN

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