10-08-2014 The University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College extends benefits to same-sex spouses of employees. Employees were notified by email, saying: “Notre Dame is a Catholic university and endorses a Catholic view of marriage. However, it will follow the relevant civil law and begin to implement this change immediately. “ With its policy change, Notre Dame joins other Catholic colleges that offer benefits to same-sex spouses. In Massachusetts, Jesuit school Boston College has offered same-sex benefits since the state became the first in the country to legalize gay marriage a decade ago.