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Marquette University will offer 'domestic-partner' benefits

March 25, 2011

Marquette University, a Jesuit-run institution in Wisconsin, will offer “domestic-partner” benefits to employees beginning next year.

Marquette’s president, Robert Wild, said that offering benefits to homosexual employees was in accordance with “the Jesuit principle of cura personalis: care for the whole person. He said that he had asked himself how he could “reconcile that with denying health benefits to a couple who have legally registered their commitment to each other.”


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  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - Mar. 26, 2011 11:40 PM ET USA

    "Those who would move from tolerance to the legitimization of specific rights for cohabiting homosexual persons need to be reminded that the approval or legalization of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil. In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized..., clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws..." (CDF "Considerations" document)

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Mar. 26, 2011 4:13 PM ET USA

    Yes,Chestertonian,it will be an open door,but if these Jesuit universities are bank-rolled so heavily, let them spend their money on all comers. They have lost their way. I sure wish they would lose their Catholic label,though.

  • Posted by: Exaudi nos - Mar. 26, 2011 11:22 AM ET USA

    My dear dog, Dolly Dovey Douglas, would love to have benefits. How can I sign her up?

  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 26, 2011 9:43 AM ET USA

    There seems to be an unusual amount of interest in “domestic-partner” benefits by the administrations of colleges "in the Jesuit tradition". I don't think the colleges would be this interested in domestic partners if they were in the Catholic tradition.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Mar. 25, 2011 7:40 PM ET USA

    So will these benefits be offered to opposite-sex unmarried couples, too? And then what disorder will be invited under the big umbrella next? Incestuous couples? NAMBLA 'couples'? If you invite one disorder in, how can you refuse others? That's the whole problem with same-sex 'marriage'; open the door to one and all will demand entry. What a surprise that it's a Jesuit university (not).