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UN Extends Domestic Partnership Benefits to American Employees

Sunday, March 07, 2010

American employees of the United Nations have won domestic partnership benefits for same-sex couples.

REPORTER: The UN has long deferred to employees’ native countries, so only workers from a handful of places such as Sweden and Spain have had benefits. But this week, the US State Department, citing its own change of policy last year, asked the UN to follow suit and extend benefits to same-sex couples. Alberto Martin has been trying for years to get domestic partnership benefits for his husband, but he says when the decision came, it seemed almost bureaucratic.

MARTIN: It was done in such a matter-of-fact, stroke-of-the-pen sorta way, it was a little bit of an anti-climax.

REPORTER: Still, Martin says he’s glad the federal government has granted his partnership some legitimacy, even if other forms of recognition are much further away.

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