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UI Faculty Backs Domestic Partner Benefit Plan

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - The University of Idaho Faculty Senate is recommending the institution provide health insurance benefits to domestic partners of employees.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that senators approved the proposal this week after a brief discussion.

UI Political Science Department Chairman Don Crowley says it's time for the university to take leadership on this policy issue.

The Idaho Constitution defines a heterosexual marriage as the only valid, legal union in the state and has been interpreted as prohibiting public or government entities from providing same-sex benefits to partners.

The faculty tried to extend benefits to domestic partners in 2010. But it was rejected at the time by President Duane Nellis because he believed the wording of the policy the university to legal risks.

 

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