The United Nations announced today that it will now recognize all legal marriages by where they were performed, and not by the laws of the county where the married couple are citizens.
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today a major policy change in the way the organization extends benefits to its employees. Marriages that are legal in the place in which they were performed will now be recognized. The old policy recognized marriages according to the law of the county where the employee was a citizen.
The Human Rights Campaign posted on its blog today that Hyung Hak Nam (Alfonso), President of UN-GLOBE clarified the new policy:
“What this means is simple: if you are in a legal union, the UN will recognize it. If you were thinking of entering into one, you can now do so with the full knowledge that the UN will recognize it.”
The new policy is expected to positively affect residency visas, which continue to be a problem for same-sex couples, and extend health benefits for spouses of U.N. employees.
“Human rights are at the core of the mission of the United Nations." Said the secretary general. "I am proud to stand for greater equality for all staff, and I call on all members of our UN family to unite in rejecting homophobia as discrimination that can never be tolerated at our workplace.”