3 public Va. colleges are pushing to extend benefits to same-sex partners

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The state of Virginia may not recognize gay marriage, but three public institutions aren't letting the law get in the way of them supporting same-sex couples. The College of William and Mary, George Mason University and the University of Virginia have all passed inclusive resolutions urging administrations to extend benefits like health care to same-sex partners.

According to Inside Higher Ed, all three schools cite examples of the increasing number of colleges and universities that have opted to open up access to same-sex partner benefits, fueling their argument that it will be difficult to recruit and retain faculty without similar or even more advantageous benefits in place.

For example, a list compiled by the Human Rights Campaign shows that approximately 309 academic institutions offer same-sex partner benefits. A 2013 benefits survey also showcases the growing trend of schools catering to same-sex partners with 57 percent of responding institutions saying they offered same-sex partner benefits, up from 40 percent in 2006. The same survey found 42 percent of colleges and universities offered health care benefits to same-sex partners (not spouses), up from 30 percent in 2006.

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