Marquette University will start offering domestic partner benefits

Sun. March 27, 2011 10:38 PM by News Staff

Milwaukee - Marquette University, a Catholic-led school in Milwaukee, will start offering benefits to domestic partners of university employees next year.

"If we are truly pastoral in our application of the Jesuit principle of [care for the whole person], I asked myself if I could reconcile that with denying health benefits to a couple who have legally registered their commitment to each other," Marquette President Robert Wild said in a message released to all members of the campus last week.

In Wisconsin, gays and lesbians can register for domestic partner benefits. They cannot marry.

Domestic partners will be able to receive health, dental, and vision benefits, as long as they are officially registered with their local county clerk and share the same home.

It's been a roller coaster year for gay and lesbian students and staff at the Jesuit school, which was hit by negative press last year after a lesbian professor from another college was offered a job, and then that job offer was retracted. The school ended up settling with her and the terms were not released.

Wild plans to step down at the end of this school year.