Customs and Border Protection to change definition of “household”

The federal government is getting more progressive.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that same sex couples will receive the same courtesies as heterosexual couples at airports, ports and border crossings starting next month. Specifically, CBP is becoming much more liberal about what constitutes a “household.” Under the new definition, a household includes:

  • 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 are financially interdependent, and are not married to, or a partner of, anyone else.

Interestingly, this is being spun in part as a cost saving move. “CBP expects this process streamlining to save up to $2.8 million annually in personnel time while maintaining the highest standards of security.

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