UT president publicly backs DP benefits

William Powers Jr.
William Powers Jr.

William Powers Jr., the president of the University of Texas at Austin, came out publicly in support of domestic partner benefits for UT employees for the first time this weekend, according to The Daily Texan student newspaper.

“This is about equity, human rights and human beings, and it affects the competitiveness of our university when we recruit people. There are things, if we are creative, that can be done. This is important work. It’s wide-ranging work.”

Powers statements came during a welcome speech before the second annual Texas Equity Conference on Saturday in Austin. The Equity Conference is co-organized by the Pride and Equity Faculty and Staff Association and Equality Texas.

—  John Wright