Thank UN for Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages


Target: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Goal: Praise the United Nation’s decision to recognize all same-sex marriages among its staff

The United Nations (U.N.) made a major push for LGBT rights recently by expanding the number of same-sex marriages that it will recognize for the purpose of marriage benefits. Previously, only staff members who were considered legally married by their home country received benefits from the U.N. Under the new rules, LGBT staff members who were legally married in any country, not necessarily their own, will be able to receive benefits. This means that if a same-sex couple live in a nation that does not recognize same-sex marriages but were legally married in another country that does, the U.N. will also recognize their marital status.

All over the world, married couples enjoy various benefits obtained through the workplace. However, in many nations, gay couples are denied these benefits, which may include health insurance and retirement plans. By allowing more same-sex couples the ability to claim the benefits that have always been possessed by heterosexual couples, the U.N. sends a strong signal to the rest of the world that workplace equality is important and worth striving for.

The decision to further embrace equality is an important one that will improve the lives of many married LGBT members of the U.N. staff. Hopefully this will not be the last step that the organization takes toward equal treatment. By signing this petition, you will thank U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for this important policy change.


Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The news that the United Nations will expand the number of same-sex couples eligible for marriage benefits through the organization is very welcome. The U.N. has the potential to act as an example to the rest of the world, and furthering the cause of equality in the workplace is an excellent task to undertake. Married LGBT staff members will benefit greatly from the change of rules and same-sex couples everywhere can look up to the U.N. as a protector of their interests.

Hopefully this will not be the last step that the U.N. takes toward a more equal workplace and a more equal world. The steps you have taken are important ones, and they will serve as a foundation for later efforts. Thank you for doing your part to make the world a more equitable place.


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