San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has responded to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's ruling stating that local governments and school districts that offer marriage benefits to same-sex partners are violating the state constitution.
The City of San Antonio extended same sex partner benefits two years ago, but it was met with praise and protests.
Castro issued a statement saying he's instructed the city attorneys office to see if the ruling applies to San Antonio, and he calls the AG's opinion "wrong for San Antonio and a step backwards for Texas."
"I think they should get the benefits of their partner whether it’s same sex or not," said resident Miguel Rodriguez.
Tea Party-backed Texas Sen. Dan Patrick sought the ruling in November. The Houston Republican argued that Texas amended its constitution in 2005 to define marriage as between one man and one woman, while prohibiting government entities from recognizing anything similar to marriage.
The cities of El Paso, Austin and Forth Worth have also offered some benefits to domestic partners. Pflugerville, outside Austin, became the state's first school district to extend similar benefits.
"I believe that state law should reflect the majority opinion of the state and that city law should reflect majority opinion of the cities," said Tank Lowe, a student at San Antonio College. "If we don’t like the state constitution, then let’s vote to change it. It doesn’t necessarily have to be put into the hands of the legislators that meet every two years."
Patrick said in a statement that Monday's opinion ensures local communities and school districts "cannot subvert the will of Texans."
"The city of San Antonio should follow all state laws because they fall under that umbrella but it would be great if the city of San Antonio could make their own decision about that," added Rodriguez.