Dallas County has approved a plan to subsidize the health insurance plans of gay workers in a domestic partnership.

In a 3-2 party line vote on Tuesday, the County Commissioners Court approved giving employees in a domestic relationship who do not have insurance through other means a $300 monthly subsidy to go towards their health insurance, the same amount the county contributes to employees who are married. Workers in both gay or straight relationships are eligible for the benefit, gay weekly The Dallas Voice reported.

The court's Republican minority voted against the plan.

β€œAre we going to fund obese people?” asked Republican Commissioner Maurine Dickey. β€œAre we going to start funding smokers? Are we going to fund people who have blue Pontiacs?”

A qualifying domestic partnership is defined by the county as one in which the couple have been living together at least six months, are at least 18 years old and are not married.

Dallas County joins Travis County and El Paso County to become only the third county in Texas to offer domestic partner benefit to its workers. The county has roughly 6,000 employees.