Same Sex Spouse Benefits

The Board of Regents has adopted a resolution to comply with the Attorney General’s Opinion regarding the recognition of same sex marriages validly made in other states. Retroactive to July 1, 2010, same sex spouses are eligible for all spousal USM benefits, notably tuition remission and various types of leave. In addition, the USM is currently working with UNUM Group Life Insurance to align any appropriate spousal benefits provided under their USM plans with the resolution.

Please be mindful that the resolution applies to same-sex spouses and not to same-sex domestic partners. Questions regarding same-sex spousal benefits should be directed to Rochelle Sanders, director of compensation/benefits, at


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