May 22, 2013
The Peace Corps will begin accepting applications from same-sex couples who want to serve overseas beginning early next month, the organization announced Tuesday. "Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience for Americans who want to make a difference around the world," Deputy Director Hessler-Radelet said in a statement. "I am proud that the agency is taking this important step forward to allow same-sex domestic partners to serve overseas together." The Peace Corps will require same-sex couples to sign an affidavit to verifying their relationship. Since the Peace Corps was establishment in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, married couples have been permitted to volunteer together overseas. More than 8,000 people serve in 76 countries today and 7 percent of assignments are filled by straight married couples.