Russia's Anti-Gay UN Coalition Fails To Remove Same-Sex Benefits
Russia's attempt to infect the world with its particularly insidious brand of homophobia failed at the United Nations today, where benefits for LGBT employees' spouses were approved.
The U.N. budget committee has approved Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's plan to give benefits to all spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally wed in a defeat for Russia and opponents of same-sex marriage.
In Tuesday's vote, 43 countries supported a Russian-sponsored resolution that called for the U.N. chief's plan to be dropped while 80 countries opposed it and 37 abstained.
Currently, family benefits for U.N. staff members are determined by their country of origin. The secretary-general's plan will give family benefits to all staffers who are legally married — regardless of the laws on same-sex marriage in their home countries.
80 to 37? Not bad. Thanks, United Nations!