Motions supporting equal benefits for employees in same-sex partnerships passed handily with little discussion Tuesday afternoon in a meeting of the University of Memphis' Faculty Senate.
The first motion, encouraging the Tennessee Board of Regents staff to evaluate the advantages of a University of Tennessee-Knoxville Faculty Senate resolution asking family benefits to be extended to employees in same-sex partnerships, passed by a vote of 33-0.
Approved by a vote of 30-3 was a motion authorizing a five-member committee headed by Eddie Jacobs, Senate representative from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, to draft a resolution supporting benefits equality that would likely be reviewed by the Senate in February.
Passage of a resolution supporting same-sex benefits would not guarantee that it would become an official policy of the university. Approval is also required by the school administration and the TBR.