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Sat Mar 21, 2015, 01:07 PM

Russia calls for UN vote to block benefits for gay staff

Source: Pink News

Russia is attempting to force a vote to ban the United Nations from providing benefits to staff with same-sex spouses.

The UN announced last July that it would globally extend its employee benefits to workers in same-sex marriages or other unions– irrespective of whether they are recognised locally.

However, the move – which had been set to benefit the UN’s 44,000 staff across the globe – faced eleventh-hour opposition from Russian diplomats, who object to any recognition of same-sex unions.

Russia has now pushed for a vote in the issue in the UN’s General Assembly Fifth Committee, which deals with the UN budget.

If the matter does go to a vote, it is possible Russia will win – which would prevent the United Nations from providing benefits to same-sex spouses outside of countries where their marriages are legal.


Read more: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/03/21/russia-calls-for-vote-to-block-benefits-for-gay-un-staff/

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Reply Russia calls for UN vote to block benefits for gay staff (Original post)
DonViejo Mar 2015 OP
cloudywing Mar 2015 #1
totodeinhere Mar 2015 #7
cloudywing Mar 2015 #10
totodeinhere Mar 2015 #11
cloudywing Mar 2015 #12
totodeinhere Mar 2015 #13
NutmegYankee Mar 2015 #14
MNBrewer Mar 2015 #16
kelly1mm Mar 2015 #20
daleo Mar 2015 #31
Laf.La.Dem. Mar 2015 #2
Laf.La.Dem. Mar 2015 #4
FrodosPet Mar 2015 #3
Shrike47 Mar 2015 #5
blkmusclmachine Mar 2015 #19
jtuck004 Mar 2015 #6
totodeinhere Mar 2015 #8
brooklynite Mar 2015 #17
joshcryer Mar 2015 #25
Cha Mar 2015 #21
geek tragedy Mar 2015 #9
Cha Mar 2015 #22
Jefferson23 Mar 2015 #15
awoke_in_2003 Mar 2015 #18
MADem Mar 2015 #28
Cha Mar 2015 #23
msanthrope Mar 2015 #24
geek tragedy Mar 2015 #26
MADem Mar 2015 #27
Behind the Aegis Mar 2015 #29
treestar Mar 2015 #30

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 01:11 PM

1. How does the US/Obama Admin stop this?

 

Or can they?

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Response to cloudywing (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 01:35 PM

7. Their best bet would be to lobby against it and perhaps call in some favors

from other countries that we have helped in the past. It's not a surefire strategy but our country does have a lot of influence at the UN and we need to use it.

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 01:38 PM

10. What if they fail?

 

What then?

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Response to cloudywing (Reply #10)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 01:59 PM

11. At least we can say we tried. And then we go to work to try to have the vote

repealed. And we could make it clear to Putin that as long as he keeps his homophobic polices we will continue economic sanctions on him regardless of what happens in Ukraine.

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 02:03 PM

12. Why not threaten him with military consequences as well?

 

It seems the economic sanctions aren't working to stop his bigotry.

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Response to cloudywing (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 02:15 PM

13. No, I would not go that far. We would need to find a peaceful solution to the

problem.

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Response to cloudywing (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 02:33 PM

14. Probably has a lot to do with not wanting to start WWIII.

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Response to cloudywing (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 04:10 PM

16. Provide asylum to the sexual minorities living under his rule

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Response to cloudywing (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 07:47 PM

20. Wait, what? You really are proposing that we respond militarily to Russia for blocking

same sex couples that work for the UN from getting benefits?

Russia invades Crimea and we do nothing yet you want to go to war for benefits for same sex couples?

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Response to cloudywing (Reply #12)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 09:50 AM

31. Better nuke Oklahoma, too, then

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 01:18 PM

2. What percent of the UN budget is paid by Russia?

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Response to Laf.La.Dem. (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 01:23 PM

4. I looked it up!

US - pays 22% of budget
Japan - pays 19% of budget
Germany - pays 9% of budget
and
Russia - pays 1.1% of the budget

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 01:19 PM

3. It must be a translation

Or perhaps a rogue.

Vladimir Putin is the kindest, wisest leader in the world today. I cannot imagine him supporting such a concept as not recognizing the love between two people.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 01:25 PM

5. Why do they care who the spouse is? This makes no sense.

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Response to Shrike47 (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 07:41 PM

19. HATE

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 01:29 PM

6. Didn't some in our Congress do the same? Trying to figure out who is which here. n/t

 

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 01:37 PM

8. Yes and this is one reason why Putin is so popular in some conservative circles. n/t

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 04:34 PM

17. Bearing in mind he's also popular in some circles here...

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #17)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 11:16 PM

25. As if there's a difference...

If your policy positions result in the same outcome it matters little whether you call yourself liberal.

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 09:45 PM

21. This is from Putin and it's despicable.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 01:37 PM

9. Asshole bigoted fascist regime. nt

 

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 09:45 PM

22. Yes, that some hold in such high regard on this board.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 02:38 PM

15. He does not give a shit..homophobe, parannoid..control freak. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 06:43 PM

18. Rec for exposure. nt

 

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #18)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 02:33 AM

28. Me too, for same reason--more people need to see this and see what that government is all about. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 09:47 PM

23. Russia is attempting to force a vote to ban the United Nations from providing benefits to staff with

same-sex spouses.

What a creepy little monster.

Mahalo Don

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 10:46 PM

24. I await the Snowden/Greenwald take on this. nt

 

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #24)

Sat Mar 21, 2015, 11:28 PM

26. Rt.com isn't covering this, so it must not be happening. nt

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 02:32 AM

27. How anyone can come on this website and support that fucked up government is beyond me.

If anyone didn't have a clue before (Waaah, it's their culllllll-ture!) they have it now.

Fuck them, and the troika of horses they rode in on.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 02:43 AM

29. No suprise.

Seriously, anyone surprised? I wonder who will join them in their protest of equality.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 07:55 AM

30. Looks like there is some chance they will lose the vote

It's not part of the veto power that the Big 5 have.

But then a lot of countries are behind-the-times on this.

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