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Some SIUE Teachers Want Benefits for Same-Sex Partners

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By AP/KWMU

Edwardsville, ILL. – A group of teachers at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville wants health benefits for same-sex partners.

The safe zone committee, which provides information and training to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students, now wants to lobby for employees.

The group will present proposals to the faculty senates at all three SIU campuses early next year. If those faculty senates support the plan, the committee says it will then lobby SIUs governing Board of Trustees.

Sociology professor Kevin Cannon is organizing the push. He says it's about equal pay for equal work.

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