Catholic university will offer partner benefits

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette University in Milwaukee will begin offering domestic partner benefits to its employees beginning next year.

The move by the Catholic, Jesuit university comes about a year after the school rescinded a job offer to a lesbian and scholar at Seattle University. Marquette officials said at the time, rescinding the job offer to Jodi O'Brien had nothing to do with her sexual orientation. But, it triggered heated debate on campus over the issue.

Recently, the University Academic Senate and the Marquette University Student Government voted to urge Marquette to offer benefits to domestic partners.

The Journal Sentinel says medical, dental and vision benefits will be offered to same-gender couples who live together and register their partnership with the local county clerk.

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The Journal Sentinel report can be found at: http://bit.ly/fykTbY

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com