Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio challenges USF to provide domestic partner benefits

According to the Tampa Bay Gazette report on the LGBT Alumni Society’s Annual GALA Reception and Awards ceremony (p. 17), Tampa’s mayor criticized USF for not providing domestic partner benefits:

Dr, Wilcox praised the USF Pride Alliance as a leader helping the University to increase its tolerance for diversity. He also shared his vision of USF earning the prestigious Association of American Universities status. “No city can be truly great without an AAU University,” he said. Mayor Iorio accepted the challenge, but also reminded Dr. Wilcox that a universities [sic] should be a leader in the community with regard to social progress, referring to her 2004 executive order establishing Domestic Partnership benefits for City employees, while USF still does not offer such benefits.

UFF does not think there is any conflict between the two challenges: The vast majority of AAU universities have domestic partner benefits.

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