San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro

The San Antonio City Council voted 8-3 today to begin offering domestic partner benefits to both gay and straight employees as part of the city’s 2012 budget, according to reports from Equality Texas on Twitter.

The DP benefits, which are expected to cost $300,000 per year, have drawn vocal opposition from anti-gay religious leaders in the Alamo City.

San Antonio, the seventh-largest city in the U.S., will be the fifth city in Texas to offer DP benefits, joining Austin, Dallas, El Paso and Fort Worth.

Council members who voted in favor of DP benefits were Mayor Julian Castro, Diego Bernal, Ivy Taylor, Jennifer Ramos, Rey Saldana, Ray Lopez and Cris Medina. Those who voted against DP benefits were David Medina, Jr, W. Reed Williams, Elisa Chan, & Carlton Soules.

More to come …

UPDATE: Our full story is here.