GENEVA, January 30, 2004 ( – The United Nations announced yesterday that it will recognize homosexual civil unions and unmarried heterosexual partnerships, mandating that they receive all the benefits enjoyed by normal heterosexual spouses such as pensions and health care. The only stipulation is that the civil union be recognized, and a letter of permission granted, by the employee’s country of origin. The administrative order, which came from Secretary-general, Kofi Annan’s office, was issued on January 20th but not released until yesterday.  Homosexual “marriage” is currently sanctioned in the Netherlands, Belgium, and two Canadian provinces, while Scandinavia has extensive allowances for non-married partners of varied description. Wide-ranging civil union laws have been enacted in parts of Western Europe, New Zealand and Australia, whereas the U.S. is not expected to give its consent at this time for American UN employees.  Read the report of the Vatican reaction to homosexual “marriage” legislation. at:


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