ST. LOUIS — LGBT employees at the University of Missouri can now include their same-sex partners on their health care program, the Riverfront Times, a regional newspaper, reported June 14.
PROMO, an LGBT advocacy group in Missouri, had been pushing for the extension with university officials. PROMO executive director A.J. Bockelman said the change will help them recruit and retain faculty and staff.
Previously, employees in domestic partnerships — regardless of sexual orientation — could not receive such benefits. But now, “cohabitants meeting specific criteria” will be eligible to receive the same benefits as spouses of University of Missouri employees, PROMO told the Times. This includes same-sex couples and straight couples in domestic partnerships. The group says that this is modeled after a similar plan that has been successful at the University of Kentucky, the article said.