The United Nations has extended its staff benefits to all married gay couples despite a campaign led by Russia against the measure. The General Assembly Budget
Committee voted to recognise same-sex partners and spouses regardless of whether or not gay marriage is legal in their country of origin. Nick Bryant reports.
Russia has been staunchly opposed to Ban Ki-moon's decision last year to give same-sex couples identical U.N. employee benefits as heterosexual couples, so long as
they were married in countries where gay marriage is legal. Moscow favoured the U.N.'s previous position, which gave same-sex couples pension entitlement and travel
allowances only if they were citizens of a country where gay marriage is recognised. The U.S. Ambassador, Samantha Power, accused Moscow of trying to export to the
U.N. its domestic hostility to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
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