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Marquette to make history

 |  NCR Today

Marquette University’s “Golden Eagles” take on the North Carolina Tar Heels tonight as part of the NCAA basketball tournament. I, and millions more, will be watching.

But the real history, the story that will likely be remembered long after the final whistle sounds in Newark, N.J., is likely here, where university president Robert Wild announces that the school will soon offer employment benefits to “domestic partnerships.”

Will the local church hierarchy, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki most prominently, feel compelled to condemn the expansion of health and other benefits to same-sex couples? Is another mostly tiresome dispute over the “Catholic identity” of a Jesuit institution that enacts such policies about to begin?

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I’d bet more money on that than I would on a Golden Eagles victory.

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