The University of Miami is committed to the support of inclusiveness and diversity as a part of its core values. In demonstrating this commitment, the University has offered health care benefits to certified same-sex domestic partners and their dependent children for many years. Based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2013 ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same sex couples who are legally married may be covered under a University health care plan without any additional taxation. We continue to offer health care benefits to same sex couples who are not legally married but are certified by the University; however, the IRS requires that the taxation continue since the DOMA ruling does not apply to registered domestic partners or civil unions. All existing benefits provided to same sex domestic partners remain intact.
The University of Miami defines Domestic Partner as the Partner of an eligible faculty or staff member who is of the same sex, sharing a long-term committed relationship with the following criteria:
• They are each other’s sole Domestic Partner with the intention to remain so indefinitely.
• They are in an affectionate relationship of mutual support, caring and commitment.
• They share joint responsibility for the household. If law permitted marriage they would marry.
• They are of the same sex. Neither one of them is legally married to someone else. They are not related by blood.
• They each are at least eighteen (18) years of age.
• They have resided together for at least 12 months and intend to reside together indefinitely.
• They have shared financial responsibilities.
• They are mentally competent to consent to a contract.
For more information, please contact HR-Benefits Customer Service at 305-284-3004.