The Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla approved a resolution last week supporting employee benefits for same-sex partners.
The Rolla campus is the last MU satellite to show official support for the issue. The three other campuses approved similar resolutions in 2010. Professor Joe Parcell says he supports the action, if only because it keeps Missouri competitive with other universities.
“Most of our peer institutions around the country have domestic partner benefits," said Parcell. "And either for attracting faculty or keeping our best faculty, if that’s what is necessary, we want to make sure we have a level playing ground.”
In order to make a change in the system, the board of curators must approve it. The University of Missouri System will send its recommendation to the board by the end of the year.