TO: Larry E. Penley, President

FROM: Carmen Menoni, Chair, Commission on Women and Gender Equity

SUBJECT: Continuing Support for Domestic Partner Benefits

DATE: May 2, 2008

The Commission on Women and Gender Equity unanimously expresses continuing support for the extension of benefits to domestic partners.  We acknowledge the current political realities that make this issue difficult to pursue; however the Commission remains committed to keeping this important issue at the forefront of the university discussions about planning, and we urge the institution to do whatever it can to move this agenda forward as a part of its commitment to the welfare of all its employees.