University Senate leaders support domestic partner benefits

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of the University Senate are urging the University of Kansas to offer domestic partner benefits to its employees.

The senate’s executive committee approved a resolution Tuesday supporting the benefits for domestic partners, either same or opposite sex. The full University Senate is scheduled to vote on the resolution on Thursday and is expected to approve it.

The Lawrence Journal World reports the resolution follows a recent report from a senate committee, which concluded the university’s lack of medical insurance and other significant benefits for domestic partners violates the school’s anti-discrimination policy.

University attorney Rachel Rolf has said state and federal laws restrict the university from offering such benefits, which could also create tax and regulatory challenges for the university.


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