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Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich

December 2006: Follow-up statement to Wisconsin marriage amendment

Chancellor Brian Levin-StankevichA resolution passed Dec. 8, 2006, by the UW System Board of Regents renews efforts to allow the UW System to offer employee domestic partner benefits. The resolution — which was included in the pay plan recommendation for the 2007-09 budget — is the regents' most recent action seeking to affirm the rights of all UW System employees.

In October 2006, the Board of Regents voted to voice its opposition to an amendment to change the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Board members considered the amendment a significant setback for the UW System as it tries to recruit and retain the highest quality faculty and staff. UW-Eau Claire's University Senate also voted to support the regents' position on the amendment.

While the constitutional amendment did pass Nov. 7, 2006, it will not diminish UW-Eau Claire's commitment to providing an inclusive campus that supports all of its members.

UW-Eau Claire is committed to creating a campus community in which everyone is valued, including gay and lesbian individuals and their partners and families. UW-Eau Claire will continue to offer services supporting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning faculty, students and staff as part of ongoing diversity efforts on campus.