MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University will extend health benefits to same-sex domestic partners starting next year.
The extension is contingent upon domestic partners registering their status with Milwaukee County clerk's office. The county started registering same-sex couples as domestic partners last year, according to university spokeswoman Kate Venne.
Venne told Catholic News Service that there are 13 other Jesuit colleges and universities that offer health benefits to same-sex partners. Marquette's package will include medical, dental and vision care.
Melissa Collins DiLeonardo, a spokeswoman for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, of which Marquette is a member, said it was collecting information on which of its member schools was offering same-sex employee benefits, but noted that each college oversees its own benefit packages without input from the association.
A spokesman for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities said the Washington-based association has no information on how prevalent the practice is among U.S. Catholic institutions of higher learning.