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Pflugerville ISD To Offer Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:15 PM CDT

The Pflugerville Independent School District says it will be the first school district in Texas to offer health benefits to domestic partners, including same sex and heterosexual partners.

The district decided to make the change after taking a look at their anti-discrimination policy.

School leaders say they wanted to set an example for students and make employees and their families feel valued.

"There are many advantages to it, because it enables you to recruit people that want to work in your organization. It also, in our system, found it doesn't cost the district any extra money, there are only benefits, it makes people feel valued, it helps you to recruit and there's no cost to the tax payer,” says Pflugerville ISD Superintendent Charles E. Dupre.

The school board did not have to vote on the issue, but some parents argue that the decision should've been left up to residents to vote on.

School district employees can start enrolling next Monday and the benefits will go into effect January 1.Pflugerville ISD To Offer Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

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