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Russian Bid To Strip Benefits From UN Workers' Same-Sex Partners Fails

A measure by Russia's UN delegation that would have stripped same-sex spouses and partners of employees at the world organization of their benefits has failed.

Russia's attempt to overturn a policy ordered by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was voted down by the General Assembly 80-43, with 37 countries abstaining.

Ban changed the UN policy in June and declared that the organization would recognize the marriage of any same-sex couple who had married in a country where such unions are legal.

The previous policy had stated that the validity of the union was determined by the laws of the country where the employee was a citizen.

The Russian delegation and its allies had sought to reinstitute the old policy.

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