United States Department of State
For the first time, the State Department will allow people to obtain passports and IDs using a gender neutral "X" marker instead of "M" or "F."
The State Department now recognizes the citizenship of babies born abroad to same-sex married couples, even if an American parent is not genetically related.
Nearly all U.S. assistance had been eliminated under President Donald Trump.
The former president's delay in conceding the election slowed key appointments to an agency he ravaged. But Biden's approach could be worsening the problem.
The Biden administration has unraveled much of Trump's travel ban. But many past diversity visa winners still have no way to actually enter the country.
Restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, however, are likely to slow down the process.
Resettlement agencies said many separated families are now in limbo and more cancellations are expected.
Biden said the goal of 125,000 refugee admissions ― up from 15,000 this year under Trump ― would be for the coming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
The Senate voted 78-22 to approve Blinken.
Ned Price — the agency's first openly gay spokesman, who was appointed by President Joe Biden — made the announcement on Friday afternoon.