Peace Corps opens door for same-sex couples seeking assignments

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Gay or lesbian domestic partners who want to serve together in the Peace Corps may start applying for assignments this summer.

“Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience for Americans who want to make a difference around the world,” Carrie Hessler-Radelet, deputy director of the Peace Corps, said Tuesday.

She announced that gay couples can begin their Peace Corps application process as of Monday June 3.

“I am proud that the agency is taking this important step forward to allow same-sex domestic partners to serve overseas together,” she said.

Married couples have been serving together in the Peace Corps since its inception in 1961.

Currently, 7 percent of Peace Corps assignments are filled by married volunteers who offer services in the fields of education, health, economic development, environment, agriculture and youth development.

Same-sex couples seeking joint assignments will have to sign an affidavit to verify their relationship as part of their documentation requirements.

Couples seeking to serve together must apply at the same time and qualify for assignments at the same post, the agency noted.

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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