MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The University of Memphis is taking a big first step in supporting equal benefits for workers in same-sex partnerships.
Tuesday, the university's faculty senate passed two votes to explore the issue.
A five-member committee will now meet to draft a resolution for the full senate to consider that would support the increased benefits.
"I can't quantify how many faculty have chosen not to come here because of the lack of same sex benefits, but I do know when the top 23 of the top 25 public institutions in the U.S. have same sex benefits it is a draw," stated Thomas Banning, U of M Senate President.
The full senate is set to consider a new resolution on the matter in January or February.