PFLUGERVILLE -- On a night with a basketball game just one building away, Pflugerville High School's cafeteria packed the biggest crowd.
Parents, students and teachers became witnesses to history as PISD School Board voted 5-1 to become the first school district in Texas to offer health benefits for domestic partnerships, to both same and opposite sex alike.
"I believe that teachers who I work with down the hall from me should be able to get the same benefits that I get for my wife and my child," said teacher August Plock.
Board members listened through the evening on an issue many thought was already decided.
This fall, Pflugerville administrators let domestic partners enroll for 2013 benefits. Opposition followed, some calling the decision a desecration of marriage.
"It is immoral," said Pastor Steve Washburn of First Baptist Church. "We're normalizing immoral relationships whether they are heterosexual or homosexual and we are afraid that that will be passed to our children in the schools."
Less than ten of the nearly 40 speakers spoke against the domestic benefits. Still, applause showed strong support for both sides.
"At this point it's a fight where we take one small step forward and another step forward and support the people that are on the side of love," said Meg Barnhouse, who stood in support of same-sex couple benefits with her partner Kiah.
Texas State Senator Dan Patrick has submitted a brief on this issue to the Texas Attorney General. An official review is expected in the coming months to determine if the decision contains any constitutional violations.