The UWL Affirmative Action and Diversity Committee has reviewed all elements of the UWS "Inclusivity Initiative" and believes that it is in the best interest of UWL to fully support the following resolution. It speaks to a commitment that we all share for equity and diversity in the UW System, both of which directly impact the quality and retention of faculty and staff that support the educational and research mission of UWL. Therefore, the Affirmative Action and Diversity Council fully recommends that the Faculty Senate support the attached resolution.
Deb Hoskins and Sara Sullivan
Affirmative Action and Diversity Council
Members of the Eagle Equity Committee, the UWL committee focused on equality for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex members of the UWL community submit the following resolution for your consideration. We believe it is the best interest not only of those we represent, but also of the whole campus, that we take steps against the proposed amendment to the constitution which would not only prohibit same-sex marriage, but would also jeopardize legal arrangement made by same-sex couples to safeguard their relationships and their families. Thank you for your consideration.
Karyn Cecele, Sara Sullivan, Katie Van Roosenbeek
Co-chairs of Eagle Equity
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN- LA CROSSE
Resolution in Opposition to the Proposed Constitutional
Regarding the Definition of Marriage
Whereas, both branches of the state of Wisconsin Legislature, the assembly and the senate, have approved a joint resolution to amend the state's constitution by creating a new section 13 of article XIII with the following language:
Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.
And, whereas such legislation would further intolerance and thus have significant and far-reaching societal consequences,
And, whereas current federal, state, and university legislation broadly and specifically prohibit both harassment and discrimination,
And, whereas the recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty and staff is predicated on an inclusive climate that supports all individuals,
And, whereas such legislation is inconsistent with the faculty's values and commitment to provide a broad and contemporary education to its students,
Be it therefore resolved that
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Faculty Senate stands in opposition to the recently passed Wisconsin Legislature's joint resolution supporting the above quoted constitutional amendment in that by narrowly defining marriage and denying "legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals" in the state, the joint resolution represents a signature and dangerous erosion of harassment and discrimination protections.
Adopted by the Faculty Senate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse ________