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U.N. Defeats Russian Anti-Gay Measure

The organization’s same-sex couples will continue to receive staff benefits.

U.N. General Assembly. Photo by Patrick Gruban via Wikimedia Commons

Yesterday, a Russian-led bid to deny benefits to same-sex couples employed by the United Nations was solidly trounced—the General Assembly fifth committee, which handles many of the organization’s budget issues, voted 80-43 against the measure. The BBC reports that benefits will continue to extend to same-sex couples “regardless of whether or not gay marriage is legal in their country of origin.”

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