No Love From Russia

Russia asks UN to stop benefits for gay staff members

Matt Roth for The New York Times

In its relentless quest to deny same-sex couples equal rights, Russia has now called on the UN to stop its General Assembly from extending staff benefits to married gay couples. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced last summer that the UN would extend equal benefits to same-sex couples, a change which affects about 43,000 UN employees worldwide. Prior to the move, staff members’ marital status was determined by the laws of their countries of nationality, but couples are now allowed benefits if they are married in a country where same-sex marriage is legal. Russia has now asked the General Assembly Fifth Committee, which is responsible for the UN budget, to vote on Tuesday to overturn the decision. Diplomats told Reuters that it remains unclear how much support there is for Russia’s proposal.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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