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Peace Corps to Open Application Process to Same-Sex Couples

The Peace Corps today announced that beginning June 3 it will accept applications from same-sex couples who wish to serve together overseas.
 
Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet called the policy change “an important step forward.” Married opposite-sex couples have been permitted to volunteer together overseas since the Peace Corps was established in 1961.
 
Peace Corps is currently working with field staff to determine countries and communities where same-sex couples can safely serve.
 
HRC worked with the Peace Corps and its LGBT groups to help implement this inclusive policy. On Wednesday, HRC Senior Legislative Counsel Ty Cobb will be a featured panelist for a discussion on “The LGBT Experience in International Development: Fostering Inclusion and Cultivating Allies” at Peace Corps Headquarters in D.C.

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