Viewing cable 09USUNNEWYORK287
Title: BENEFITS FOR SAME SEX PARTNERS IN THE UN COMMUNITY

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09USUNNEWYORK2872009-03-19 20:11:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED USUN New York
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UNCLAS USUN NEW YORK 000287 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR IO/UNP 
 
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TAGS: OFDP PREL UN
SUBJECT: BENEFITS FOR SAME SEX PARTNERS IN THE UN COMMUNITY 
 
¶1. This is an action request for the Department.  Please see 
paragraph 2 below. 
 
¶2. Ambassador Rice has received a March 9 letter from the 
Chief of the UN's Human Resources Service requesting whether 
the UN should grant the male spouse of a male United States 
citizen staff member entitlements (presumably family 
allowances) based on an October 2008 California marriage 
certificate.  USUN is receiving increasing numbers of 
inquiries regarding  status, visa, and entitlement issues 
involving same sex spouses or partners at the UN or the 
missions accredited to it, and seeks the Department's current 
thinking on the text for a reply to the UN. 
 
¶3.  Begin text of letter from UN Human Resources Chief Netta 
Avedon: Dear Madam Ambassador, I wish to refer to the 
long-established practice that personal status for the 
purposes of entitlements under the United Nations Staff 
Regulations and Rules should be determined in all cases by 
reference to the law of nationality of the staff member 
concerned. 
The Office of Human Resources Management has received from 
Mr. Henry Sadof, a staff member of the United Nations and a 
national of the United States of America, a request to be 
granted United Nations entitlements on the basis of the 
attached documentation. (Los Angeles County License and 
Certificate of Marriage scanned and emailed to IO/UNP 
(Edmondson) on March 13). 
We would be grateful if the United States Mission to the 
United Nations could advise us as to whether the status 
claimed by Mr. Sadof is legally recognized under the laws of 
the United States for granting of benefits, and whether the 
attached documentation would be sufficient to establish such 
a status.  Thank you for your cooperation.  End Text. 
 
 
 
Rice