May 21, 2014 | by Staff reports
Univ. of Ark. reverses partner benefits decision
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Razorback Stadium at the University of Arkansas. (Photo by Bobak; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System has reversed its decision to include same-sex couples in the health benefits offered to spouses, the Associated Press reports.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that UA attorney Fred Harrison this week cited a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court that stays a lower court’s ruling that an amendment banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the AP article said.

UA revised its health benefits last week to include same-sex married couples — although the coverage would not be effective until June 1. The state Supreme Court’s stay was issued May 16, the AP said.

UA spokesman Ben Beaumont estimated that fewer than 15 employees had begun the enrollment process to receive the benefits for a spouse, the AP said.

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