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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2011 - News. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 20, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/24628/show/24421.

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Transcript Faculty, staff and student supporters of equal benefits for domestic partners marched from Ezekiel W. Cullen to Human Services building on Valentines Day. Courtesy of LGBT Center LOOKING FOR EQUALITY UH faculty seek benefits for domestic partners By Daniel Renfrow The Ezekiel W. Cullen building served as the stage for students and faculty who lined up in front of the Human Resource office on Valentine's day asking for the University to extended benefits to the partners of employees in same sex or different sex domestic partnerships. "Excellent universities are fair universities," Associate professor of English Maria Gonzalez said as she addressed the crowd. "Someday we hope the University will treat us like our straight counterparts." Event organizers hoped to raise awareness on the issue, and gain campuswide support. "I thought the event was great," Joan Nelson, executive director of Human Resources said. "They need to continue to put a voice to their cause." Lorraine Schroeder, program director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, helped organize the march. Schroeder's partner recently went a year and a half without benefits while she was looking for a job, even though Schroeder works for the University. "It would have been nice to have put her on my benefits at the time," Schroeder said. "It's an unfortunate situation that we're in. Sometimes people (in domestic partnerships) have to make the decision to leave or not work here because financially it is not the best decision for them." James Lee, a political science sophomore and president of LGBT Advocates, agrees that the policy is having a negative effect on the University. "It's affecting students directly," Lee said. "Some faculty are leaving or deciding not to take positions here because of the policy." University employees in domestic partnerships pay $9,500 dollars a year more than married employees, according to a report from the Commission on Women. The study calculates that over a twenty-five year period that amounts to $235,000. It would be difficult for UH to extend domestic partner benefits to its employees because of the State's constitutional amendment that defines marriage as one between one man and one woman. However, according to the report, there are universities in other states with similar amendments that have found ways to offer the benefits. The report estimates that extending benefits to both same-sex and different-sex couples in domestic partnerships would cost the University from $218,738 to $327,205 a year. Associate Creative Writing professor Martha Serpas said this amount is minimal when compared to the amount of money departments must use to recruit and replace new faculty members after the exit of faculty members who left the University because of the policy. Serpas taught at Yale Divinity School and the University of Tampa before coming to UH and said the University's refusal to extend domestic partner benefits to employees is forcing Serpas and her partner, who lives in Florida, to remain in a long-distance relationship. Serpas said the extension of domestic partner benefits is inevitable and that it is a smart business decision. The state of Texas, she said, could simply start offering an "employee plus one" insurance option which allows an employee to cover a domestic partner, senior dependent or one child under their plan. "This would enable the state of Texas to not scream out loud that they were offering domestic partner benefits," Serpas said. "It's a PR bonus, and it's also fair." However, she said, the University should not wait for the state of Texas to change its laws before taking action. News [41]