Resolution on Domestic Partner Benefits (March 4, 2010)

Whereas, employers compensate employees through more than just wages and salary by providing benefits such as health insurance and tuition reduction, with the traditional benefits structure including an employee's opposite-sex spouse and children;

Whereas, more than 300 institutions of higher education in the USA, including 51 of 60 AAU institutions, have same-sex domestic partner benefits included as part of their employee benefits package, with the University of Missouri System being one of only a few that does not offer such benefits to its faculty and staff;

Whereas, as a result of this inequity, University of Missouri may be less able to attract and retain the best faculty and staff, and whereas this inequity simply is contrary to a sense of human fairness;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Faculty Council of the University of Missouri’s flagship campus strongly recommends that same-sex partners of University of Missouri employees be allowed access to all of the same rights, privileges, and benefits to which opposite-sex spouses currently are entitled.

Also, that Chair Rubin communicates this resolution to University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee as well as to Vice-President for Human Resources Betsy Rodriguez.

Submitted by Leah Cohn (College of Veterinary Medicine, chair, Diversity Enhancement Committee) and James Tarr (Education, chair, Faculty Affairs Committee).