Russia fails in bid to stop U.N. staff benefits for all gay couples

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Posted: Mar 24, 2015 11:14 AM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia failed on Tuesday in a bid to stop the United Nations extending staff benefits to all same-sex couples after a U.N. General Assembly budget committee voted 80 to 43 against the proposal.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in July that the United Nations would recognize all same-sex marriages of its staff, allowing them to receive U.N. benefits.

Previously, staff members' personal status was determined by the laws of their country of nationality. But the United Nations now recognizes all same-sex couples married in a country where it is legal, regardless of their nationality.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)