An antigay Ohio
lawmaker claims that Miami University is violating that
state's constitutional ban on civil unions because it offers
benefits to domestic partners and their dependents,
the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Monday.
Thomas Brinkman Jr. maintains that the school is
"creating a legal status for same-sex partners by
offering domestic-partner benefits," according to the
newspaper. Brinkman says he brought the lawsuit
because he's a taxpayer and two of his children attend Miami University.
University spokesman Richard Little told the
newspaper that the school administration was
surprised by Brinkman's actions since he is a Miami
supporter. "We have no evidence that our policy is in
violation of any state or federal laws, and we will wait and
see how the litigation involving Miami University
plays out before considering evaluating our policy,"
said Brian Johnston, CSU spokesman. (Advocate.com)