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Faculty may leave University if domestic benefits removed

By Paige Pearcy, Daily Staff Reporter
Published November 8, 2011

“Clearly, benefits offered through employment are part of compensation.”

Irwin echoed these sentiments, saying he believes the University will choose to continue funding health benefits to domestic partners.

“I think in the end, the University is going to be able to protect their constitutional authority to continue compensating their employees as they see fit," Irwin said.

Dennis and Coetzee believe the bills will have an impact on the University’s ability to hire and retain employees should they pass.

“There are faculty who aren’t LGBT at all themselves, but they want ... an employer that they consider to be humane and accepting of all people,” Dennis said. “People like to feel good about who their employer is and the values their employer supports."