Inside Higher Ed
July 18th, 2014
Now that gay marriage is recognized in their state, faculty members
and other employees within the University of Minnesota system with
same-sex partners no longer need access to domestic partner benefits.
The university has a clear answer to the question: Right – and it’s
canceling same-sex domestic partner benefits at the end of this year.
But some say it may be acting too quickly in eliminating those benefits,
and failing to give enough thought to how the policy change will impact
As many states have recognized gay marriage in the last year, and as
states without gay marriage have started to see court rulings that could
change the law there as well, public colleges and universities have
been considering a range of questions. Because many public colleges
moved to offer partner benefits years before their states recognized gay
relationships, some -- in places like Minnesota -- wonder if they need
to keep those benefits. And in other parts of the country, including
states where any benefits for same-sex partners were decidedly off the
table until recently, that is changing.