The school board voted 5-1 to approve the measure, making Pflugerville the first district in the state to offer such benefits.

As many readers are no doubt aware, state senator Dan Patrick has asked attorney general Abbott to rule on whether domestic partner benefits are legal under the state’s 2005 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear two cases involving the constitutionality of same-sex marriage will surely have an impact on Abbott’s decision. The most likely result is that this and other issues relating to same-sex marriage will be put on the back burner until the high Court has made a ruling on constitutionality of DOMA (and other issues involving the right of states to define marriage). In any event, I doubt that Senator Patrick will get the answer he wants.