Friday, 18 July 2014 15:18

United Nations Now Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages Of Its Staff

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The United Nations has recognized same-sex marriages of its staff.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced that all same-sex marriages within the staff of the organization would be recognized. So far, the UN recognized civil unions or marriages of people living in countries where marriage equality is legal. The new policy will apparently affect 43,000 people.

A few weeks ago, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations adopted a resolution to protect the families, but the part including LGBT people had been blocked.

Indeed, several countries (Uruguay, Chile, Ireland and France) wanted an amendment stating that there are "various forms of families" be added to the resolution but Russia blocked it.

It's quite possible that Russia tries to add a "traditional values" amendment to this resolution at the next council meeting in September.